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St EDWARD’S 2010/2011  vol xxxiii  no 661


St EDWARD’S Cover photography, Freddie Strickland (U6)

Thanks to… What started out as an idea for an Editorial Board quickly became less formal, but more inclusive. Without doubt, this double edition of the Chronicle would have been impossible without the back-stage encouragement, support and enthusiasm of the following: Charlie Baggs Naveed Barakzai Richard Boxall Jason Clapham Florence Corran Jane Collier Neville Creed Sarah Gee Mark Hanslip Richard Howitt Tom James Pamela KeeleyButler Lucy Maycock Sarah Munden

Chris Nathan Moira Nye Julie Oliver Nick Quartley Lorna Roche Keith Shindler Mark Stephenson Alex Tester Rebecca Ting Andrew Trotman Tracy van der Heiden Lee Varney Kendall Williams Stephen Withers Green

Editorial 2010-2011 This is an unusual edition of the Chronicle. It covers two academic years, and many of the stories about the School are not included. Why? We slipped back and I took the decision to combine two years into one. If you are reading this, you will be coming at the magazine from the ‘arts’ cover which denotes the academic year 2010-11. Flip the magazine over, and you are looking at the ‘science’ cover, which is 2009-10. Next year, we will start afresh. What about the news? Since the arrival of Tracy van der Heiden in the marketing department (with whom I work very closely), the volume and regularity of excellent news reporting about the School’s achievements has increased substantially. It is on my head that the

Many contributors are named alongside their articles and reports, and special mention must go to Naveed Barakzai for supporting student photography, and for his own excellent images made available for use here and elsewhere in School publications.

decision not to re-publish the entire content of E-News and the Newsletters was taken. Therefore,

years of (primarily) masters of St Edward’s, and

many of the School’s achievements are not

it is on these pillars that we relative newcomers

recorded here in detail. But they are not lost.

stand. I am very mindful of the passage of time,

Thanks to Chris Nathan’s extraordinary work

and as Richard Pleming said when I lamented

in the archives, every morsel of information is

his decision to leave, ‘the water soon closes over

Design is by Richard Boxall, with whom it has been an extra pleasure to work. His care and passion for really good design and unstinting professionalism throughout has been fantastic.

kept. If you do not receive E-News, but would

our heads’. Perhaps the Chronicle serves in some

like to, please let me know, or better still, email

small way to keep the water at bay.

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now for? Looking back at commentary from

that were completed in his time. You will notice

previous editors, the general sense has been

that, near the centre of the magazine, there

that it is a review of the temper and texture

are articles of a philosophical nature, which to

of the place, and to provide the OSE primarily

some extent brings together the two domains.

with a reminder of all that is excellent about St

Philosophy is a passion of our next and 13th

Edward’s. In this age of electronic news gathering

Warden, Stephen Jones, to whom we extend a

and rapid dissemination, it strikes me that the

very warm welcome.

The Chronicle magazine has copyright and all rights are reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is strictly prohibited. The opinions and ideas expressed in the articles are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the School. Any questions, comments or requests for reproduction in whole or in part should be directed to: The Editor Chronicle St Edward’s School Woodstock Road OX2 7NN or by email to: chronicle@stewards.oxon.sch.uk

Tracy to be included on the distribution list. vanderheident@stedwards.oxon.sch.uk It leaves the question – what is the Chronicle

Chronicle needs to change in certain ways. I

In this edition, we say good bye to Warden Andrew Trotman and the two covers of ‘arts’ and ‘science’ reflect the main building projects

I hope you enjoy this edition. It has been an

feel strongly that the Chronicle should also be

absolute privilege and a joy to bring it together,

forward looking, discursive and outward in view

and I am indebted to the very many people who

as well as reflective and inward, and to show-

have worked so hard to make it happen. No

case the teachers and staff as well as the pupils.

doubt there will be errors and those errors will,

We are, after all, in it together. To that end, you

by dint of being the editor, fall on my head. I

will see the introduction of feature articles, and

keep a tin hat, so let me know what you think,

I hope you will want to engage with them, and

tell me where it’s not right and next time it will

to argue back. Chris Nathan has also written two

be even better.

excellent pieces that look at the first hundred

Simon Larter-Evans

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Contents 4 Stephen Jones, 13th Warden of St Edward’s 5 Notes, queries and corrections 6 News round-up 9 Gaudy 2011 13 Art 16 Gaudy Prizes 18 Warden Trotman 22 The Warden’s Desert Island Discs 23 Chairman of Governors 24 Cambridge, Oxford, Ivy League 26 CCF 31 D of E 34 School trips 38 Chapel 40 Leavers’ service 42 Events 46 Music at St Edward’s 50 Gaudy Arts Festival 52 Our Country’s Good 53 The Clearing 54 Earthquake!! 56 Staff Pantomime – 2010 Robin Hood 58 Architecture – An Interest for Life 59 Steeplechase 60 Round the Houses 60 Camera Club 63 Dance 2011 64 Best of Quill 68 Best of Quad 70 Poetry Competition 72 A Festival of Lights 74 What business do the arts have in schools? 76 A rich cultural landscape 78 Art and Philosophy: Plato, Paul and Bergman 80 A conversation with Lucy Maycock

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83 We still need books 84 Academic Awards 87 The Pillars on which the School rests 98 Common Room 108 Rugby 117 Girls’ Hockey 122 Boys’ Hockey 129 Sports Tour to Canada 132 Netball 137 Football 139 Cricket 147 Rowing 156 Tennis 161 Athletics 164 Harriers 165 Squash 166 Friends of St Edward’s 168 St Edward’s School Society 170 L’etape du Tour 2010 171 Opening of the Brian Jones Long Room 172 Sam Waley Cohen 174 Three assignments – working for Tearfund 175 How did we ever come to where we seem to be today? 176 90th birthday celebrations – an OSE and family reunion all in one! 177 OSE news 182 OSE in business 182 Academic achievements 183 Engagements and Marriages 185 Births 186 Obituaries 195 Events 2010/12 199 OSE future events 2011/12 201 St Edward’s Martyrs 205 Valete 2010 207 Valete 2011 St Edward’s Chronicle 2010/11  |  3


Stephen Jones 13th Warden of St Edward’s Stephen Jones joined St Edward’s School in September 2011 as the 13th Warden. He comes from Dover College, where he has been Headmaster since 2004. No stranger to the influence of St Edward’s alumni, or the draw of North Oxford life, he was a scholar at Lord Wandsworth College under Headmaster Neil Henderson, OSE, and later a teacher of Maths at the Dragon School. Stephen Jones graduated in 1981 with a first in Philosophy and again in 1987 with a first in Maths; he completed his MSc Maths in 1991, and was awarded his MLitt for a thesis on the Philosophy of Maths in 1997. He maintains a direct involvement in teaching Maths and continues with his own studies in Analytic Philosophy. Stephen Jones brings with him a great deal of experience in both teaching and boarding. He was an assistant Housemaster at Cheltenham College, Head of Maths at Berkhamsted School, and a Social Tutor (House Master) at Radley until his appointment as Headmaster of Dover College. His sporting achievements are many: coaching Rugby, and coaching and playing Fives. From the age of two, sailing has also been a major part of his life. He coached team racing at Radley, and remains a successful competitive sailor in his own right. At Dover College, he implemented a thorough and successful programme of improving academic strategy and performance. On his appointment to St Edward’s, Chairman of Governors Mike Stanfield said, “We know that with his background, Stephen is well-placed to continue to develop the intellectual life of St Edward’s and lead the School on to even greater success.” Stephen Jones is married to Katie and has three children, Max, Rebecca and Sarah.

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Notes, queries and corrections School Nickname

Omissions from the Leavers’ List

On my appointment as the latest editor of The Chronicle, a kind soul among the staff placed in my pigeon hole photocopied pages from past issues on the question of the School’s nickname – Teddies or Teddy’s? Previous editors seem to have been rather liberal in their use of both. One clarification says, as Malcolm Gill, OSE suggested in his letter to The Chronicle, that the grammatically correct usage is Teddy’s. This version appears in a letter from Guy Gibson. Further explanation suggests that this form is used when referring directly to the School, rather than its pupils. The latter, Teddies, is considered by some as meaning the plural of the School’s boys, and has been used by the Boat Club on its clothing. A letter from Mr Maclean (1955-1959) points out that in the era of the Teddy boys, the Rev. A. Macnamara, reminded his charges; “remember you are not Teddy boys, you are Teddies boys.” I mentioned this to Mr Gill who replied, “I can still hear in my mind the stentorian tones of Major Mac ringing out and he certainly had a point. But I don’t think his version is correct, although I would never have dared say so to his face!” I favour the view that Teddy’s is most correct, but in advance of putting pen to page in earnest, I can imagine I might be pulled in both directions.

From time to time, we miss the destinations of OSE as they head towards greater things and university in particular. For this, I can only apologise in advance as I am sure I will continue to miss people off, or make errors. There is generally a good reason for this, and I hope that an explanation of how the list is compiled will explain some of the challenges. Traditionally, we have only published lists generated by the UCAS Final Destinations, but it is clear that as destinations broaden, so should our reporting of them. Internally, there is an ever growing demand for statistical analysis, and this is never entirely complete because of changes some students make after we have gone to press. In other cases, for instance with US destinations, because UCAS do not flag them up, they sometimes do not make it on to our list. We will in future endeavour to publish US destinations where known, and we are now in the process of gathering such other things as Art Foundation Courses, so we hope to do better

by degrees (please excuse the pun!) in future issues. What I do propose, as a minimum, is that omissions drawn to our attention are included in the next issue when known. Please do let me know of any corrections needed, and these will be published soonest. In the meantime, this particular issue of The Chronicle presents a further challenge. Because I am keen to catch up with the slipped issue of 2009/10, and have decided to publish a double year on this occasion, the Leavers’ Destinations of 2010/11 will be, in the first instance, published on the School’s web site. This is because I want to print as soon as possible, and the list does not become available until late Autumn. I know that this is not an ideal situation, but hope that OSE will forgive the desire to play catch up. The destination list of 2010/11 will, however, appear in print in the following year’s Chronicle. This also allows us a chance to make the list as complete as possible, so if you notice errors on the web-list this autumn, please let me know and it will be corrected in time for the print edition of 2012.

Sports Reporting

Corrections:

Dear Sir Having just finished the recently received Chronicle Summer 2010 (Academic year 2008/09), I would just like to make a comment concerning the sports articles. I may be of the old school, but I have noticed a tendency throughout the sporting press, the newspapers included, to comment on the games without actually giving the overall results. The Cricket 1st XI 2009, 4 pages of match descriptions, only to find on page 4 the Batting and Bowling averages. Rugby 1st XV two pages of match commentary, with scores yes, but lost in the words. Would not a results table at the beginning or the end of the article be a good way of indicating actually how the team performed? Thank you as always for a refreshing magazine; a summary of how Teddies is doing. Best wishes David Nash (F 1960-1964)

2008/09 Annie Davis – Exeter 2008/09 Philip Fletcher – Political Science, Columbia University, New York City 2008/09 Arabella MacRitchie started at St Andrews University in Sept 2010 and not Nottingham to read History of Art.

Sports reporting is probably one of the most vexed and demanding aspects of compiling The Chronicle, and I am indebted to Richard Howitt, Head of Sport, for his extraordinary guile, powers of persuasion and determination to make sure that the reporting of sport is as complete, varied

and imaginative (without fibbing) as it possibly can be. I hope OSE will notice that the quality and detail of reporting is improving, and that in particular results are clear. For the 2009/10 reports in this edition, Richard had to ‘go beyond’ and ask staff no longer part of the Common Room to submit reports, and at the same time cajole current coaches to write not one but two reports in very short order. In fairness, all writers were willing and very keen to see their games and students presented at their best. The question of ‘do we publish ALL the results’ is a more tricky one. What if that particular squad has been defeated throughout the season? Should we report whatever the cost of grace, or defend their honour by veils of kindness? Answers on a post card. What I should add is that sport at St Edward’s is enjoying a renaissance. As this edition will show, performance and competitive spirit across the board is excellent, we have some of the finest facilities in the country, some of the very best coaches and a real commitment across the whole School. The silverware is ours for the taking. In anycase, all results are available on the school website.

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News round-up

Winter 2010 Over the last year or so, the School has been producing excellent newsletters in print and electronically through the fine offices of Tracy van der Heiden. These keep parents and OSE alike informed regularly about the major activities and successes of St Edward’s pupils and staff. Rather than reproduce all the stories in their entirety, herewith a digest of some of those news items:

News

News

Summer 2011 St. Edward’s Newsletter

Spring 2011 St. Edward’s Newsletter

September 2011

SPRING 2011

Warden’s Welcome It is an honour to have become the 13th Warden of St Edward’s and I look forward to building on the great legacy of my predecessors. I inherit a School that is in excellent shape – we started this term with more pupils on roll than at any time in the School’s history and are celebrating strong results in the summer exams. Just some of the highlights: an impressive 70% of all grades awarded were at the highest level: A* - B at A Level, Levels 5 – 7 at IB. Katie Battcock, an IB candidate, achieved the highest possible score of 45 and is off to study History at Edinburgh; Clio Chartres was just one point away from the top score and will read Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. At A Level, Lars Gladhaug earned 3 A*s and an A and will take up his place at Churchill College, Cambridge; George Parris earned St. Edward’s Newsletter Summer 2011 3 A*s and will read Music at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. Alex Tuck, with 2 A*s and 2 As, will read Medicine at University College, London; Simon Barrington-Ward exceeded his offer from the exceptionally competitive Royal Veterinary College. In addition to Clio, Lars and George, five further pupils are about to take up places

News SUMMER 2011

From the Six Nations to St Edward’s

From left to right, Tom Mitchell, Alice Morgan and Hattie Lake promoting their show, ‘Festive Season’, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

England Manager Martin Johnson praises St Edward’s “first-rate” facilities

Stephen Jones, 13th Warden of St Edward’s

at Oxford or Cambridge and overall, of those placed through UCAS, 83% won places at their ‘Firm Choice’ university (their preference from their offers), a staggering 88% of which are in the Russell/1994 Group, the most prestigious and competitive in the country. We look forward to hearing how all our recent OSE get on in their new academic environments. Since my appointment a year ago I have managed to visit the School on a number of occasions and I am pleased to have found St Edward’s to be a school full of life, charm and energy. The pupils I have met have been delightful and the Common Room highly professional and clearly keen to see the school and its pupils continue to move forward strongly. I very much look forward to getting to know everyone much better in the coming months. Apart from our excellent headline academic success, there is much to report from the summer. Our boys’ rugby and girls’ hockey teams went on tour to Canada, enjoying preseason training in a stunning setting, and will no doubt be ready for a sharp and focused start to the season – good luck to them all. Six of our talented oarsmen rowed for Great Britain this summer: 4 boys, plus cox Hamish Brewster, joined 4 boys from Radley to make a GB eight and were absolutely delighted to beat France at the annual match held this year in London’s Docklands; Callum Jones

and Cameron MacRitchie were selected to row for Great Britain at the World Championships at Dorney Lake in August: Cameron, stroking the GB eight, won a silver medal; Callum stroked an U18 crew just a few days after his 16th birthday. Both clearly have great rowing futures ahead of them – well done to them and their coaches. Well done also to cricketers Miles Hammond and Joe Barrett who gave superb performances at the Bunbury Festival this summer; as a result, Miles was selected to represent England’s U15s at two 2020 matches at Loughborough. On the cultural scene, our energetic Drama teacher and new Head of Fifths, Simon Roche, took a group of intrepid Sixth Form pupils to perform a play at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, ‘Festive Season’: full reports on all summer activities will follow in E News. The Heads of School this year are Rose Barry and Freddie Kerr-Dineen and we will be introducing them to you in detail later this term in E News. We have a new academic team in place who are energetic and ambitious; quite rightly, they want St Edward’s to provide the best academic environment for all its pupils, not just those for whom top grades come easily. I have been impressed by the opportunities the Sesame system offers for highlypersonalised and thorough monitoring of individual pupils’ performances. It is clear that this system plays a large part in our increasingly strong academic performance. The new team is profiled over the page. I have no doubt that it is because my own views on education chime so neatly with those of the Governors of St Edward’s that I am here at all. We believe firmly in a balanced education, in civilised values, in wholehearted participation in School life. A School like St Edward’s offers so many opportunities that every single pupil will be able to find and nurture their interests and passions – whether it be rowing or writing, bagpipes or breakdancing, Arabic or arithmetic. I wish Andrew Trotman every success in his new venture and look forward to meeting you this term. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact me if there is anything you wish to discuss. Stephen Jones www.stedwards.oxon.sch.uk

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• Over the summer of 2010, a group led by Phil Waghorn (Head of Physics) cycled from Paris to Oxford to raise money for Helen and Douglas House. The brainchild of Ruairi Keeley (Lower Sixth), they cycled 250 miles in 4 days, and raised over £10,000. • Vicky Bowman, former British Ambassador to Burma, and her husband Htein Lin, a Burmese artist living in exile, spent time with IB students in what became a year long project involving drama, art, interviews, and building awareness of the plight of the Burmese. Later in the year, Htein Lin exhibited his work in the North Wall. • Teachers from the Classics department at St Edward’s continue to be involved with the very successful Latin Teaching Scheme, whereby pupils at state schools with no opportunity to learn Latin are able to have free lessons. Developed by Oxford University two years ago, the next cohort will sit their exams in 2012.

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• Jethro Buck, artist in residence, exhibited his work, inspired by his trip to India, at the North Wall. • Seb De Souza was away filming as ‘Matty’ for the cult Channel Four programme, Skins. It aired in January 2011. • The Martyrs Pavilion won an Oxford Preservation Trust Award.

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• The Art Department took Fifth and Sixth Forms to Paris • Theatre director Michael Attenborough gave a workshop to Sixth Form students studying Shakespeare and Project Ivan, one of a number of outreach projects, occupied the North Wall during the October half term. The group, which included St Edward’s pupils, produced and performed a specially commissioned play written by Tom Wells, Bush Theatre’s writer in residence, and directed by Actor’s Touring Company Director Jane Fallowfield. • Friends’ of St Edward’s invited Gary Waldhorn, the actor behind ‘Vicar of Dibley’ character David Horton, to the School to talk about life as an actor, and his work with the charity Malawi Dream, of which he is Patron. The evening raised £1,520 for the charity. • Bernard Kay (Lower Sixth) represented Hong Kong in the international 420 sailing event at the Asian Games in Guangzhou. • Allanagh Spratling gained a Distinction in her Royal Academy of Dance grade 7 examination and Cameron MacRitchie came third in the Under 18 Quick March category of the Independent Schools’ Bagpipe competition.


News RouNd-up

Spring 2011 • St Edward’s and The Art Room collaborated in the sale of original art made by pupils, staff and local residents. All art work was postcard size, emulating the hugely popular Royal College of Art’s annual sale. Proceeds from the sale went to The Art Room, a charity offering therapy to children. • The England rugby squad spent time training at St Edward’s. For all the celebrity abounding, St Edward’s pupils were suitably demure and watched them go through drills without fuss. The England squad and its management team were very impressed with the facilities and the pupils’ demeanour. • The Amnesty Society invited Ben Hammond to talk about his work related to Burma, his world record attempt at the longest ever solo dance, and to join in with ‘Flashmob’ dance. • The Debating Society hosted its most contentious debate of the year, pitching the merits of IB versus A Level. While A Level triumphed as the preferred choice, the IB team ‘took the crown’ as the better debaters. • Coached by peripatetic teacher, Tim Dawes, Sixth Formers Freddie Crossley, Chantelle Dunn, Peter Shannon and Ben Street won second place in the Oxford Jazz Factor competition. As part of their prize they played at the Big Bang restaurant in Jericho. • Spring is also the season when pupils hear about their various university offers. St Edward’s remains strong in the Oxbridge race, and some internal discussion about ‘which is the best university either side of the Atlantic’ was battled out in good spirit between Jesse Elzinga and Ian Rowley. • The Call My Bluff wine evening organised by Andy Dalgleish raised more than £1,000 for the Canada Tour that took sportsmen and women to Vancouver, British Columbia in the summer. • Jodwell Masoo, a trainee teacher funded by St Edward’s and Malawi Dream, wrote to the School with news of his progress. Lecturers at his college had been on strike, demanding academic freedom. Police officers had forced students off the campus. • A mock Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting took place at the School, as the highlight of the Oxford Youth Summit. Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, 120 young people aged 14-18 came together at St Edward’s to discuss issues of global importance.

• St Edward’s pupils and teachers had the great privilege to play at Cadogan Hall, London, alongside the English Chamber Orchestra. A more detailed report is published elsewhere in The Chronicle. • Ella Phillips and Tom Bell gained places in the National Youth Choir. • In collaboration with Burford Garden Company, pupils mounted an art show raising money for Aspire Oxford, a charity that helps homeless people back into work by training them as gardeners. Over 30 works of art were on show, and 20% of proceeds of the sale was given to Aspire. • Cartoon Day will be best remembered for Warden Trotman’s assembly where, dressed as Desperate Dan, he talked to the whole school, also dressed as various cartoon characters. It looked like the back-lot of a Disney extravaganza with actors taking a short break for a ‘talk from the producer’. An almost surreal occasion, with Smurfs, Lion Kings, Mickey Mouse (various), chickens, Tiggers et al staring blankly back at ‘Dan’ as he announced the various news items of the week. The day raised over £700 for Boundary Brook House. • 13 pupils from Brig, near Zermatt, Switzerland studied at St Edward’s in January as part of the Swiss Exchange programme. For many it was their first experience of boarding life, and certainly their first experience of a Staff Pantomime. Pupils from St Edward’s joined their exchange partners in Switzerland in April with all involved benefiting enormously from the experience. • In February, Chefs at St Edward’s spent the day at The Cotswold Chef’s training facility at Cirencester Agricultural College, where they enjoyed a bespoke vegetarian training course. The day was devised by Catering and Events Manager, Ashleigh Eaton. The course introduced chefs to a range of new menu ideas, which will enhance further the excellent ideas and food produced by the team at the School. • Friends’ of St Edward’s held their first event in London. • Teachers Henry Chitsenga and Alex Tester both ran marathons; Henry the London Marathon (4hs 19mins), Alex the Paris Marathon (3hs 51mins). Lewis Faulkner and Jesse Elzinga both continued to clock up the miles in Duathlons and Triathlons throughout the season, making impressive times in all.

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News Round-up

Summer 2011 • Professor Niall Ferguson, Harvard University, came to the School to talk to the Blenheim History Society about his book and television programme, ‘Civilisation: The West and the Rest’. He argues that the West has attained superiority in some domains because of “six killer apps”: competition, science, property rights, medicine, the consumer society and the protestant work ethic.

• In May, 25 Shell pupils joined the Chaplains, (Revd Kerr and Revd Shaw) at the Confirmation Retreat. • This year, the School decided to teach throughout the exam period, rather than issue study leave. The move was made to make sure students had focused revision throughout the period.

• Frank Stone came to the School to talk about his time as a gunner in the RAF and later as a prisoner of war in Stalag Luft III. He mesmerised Shells as he talked about preparations made by POWs in ‘the Great Escape’. Frank was not involved in the final breakout as he had drawn lot number 215, and only the first 200 were to be part of the escape.

• Also at The North Wall was another of its Outreach programmes, this time centred on dance. During the Easter vacation, the School played host to a two week dance residency for young dancers aged 16-25. Inspired by Angela Carter’s series of short stories, The Bloody Chamber, a new dance piece was created and performed by the group.

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• This summer, Sixth Form students took a play to the Edinburgh Fringe. The play, ‘Festive Season’, was devised as part of the group’s A Level Theatre Studies course under the tutelage of Drama Teacher, Simon Roche, and was performed at The North Wall earlier in the year • The Blenheim Triathlon continues to appeal to St Edward’s staff. Competitors this year were James Cope, Philip Waghorn and John Simpson.

• At the end of the summer term, St Edward’s hosted its first ever Gaudy Arts Festival. Bringing together the arts from across the School, the Festival featured painting, ceramics, dance, music and acting. • The IT Department, with over 100 man years’ experience of working in the IT industry, continues to develop the school’s infrastructure to deliver a better teaching and learning environment. We are now on the latest version of Exchange, SQL and have implemented highly available server virtualisation. This has already been of benefit to the Bursary as demonstrated when the Pass server failed and with very little down time we were able to keep them running on a completely different server, having lost no data. Over the summer of 2011, we installed over 300 new workstations, increased the speed of all the existing ones, moved to Office 2010, and completed the move from analogue to digital telephones, fully integrated with the office systems. As well as a host of other benefits, this converts telephone messages and faxes to emails.


Gaudy 2011 Warden Trotman’s address Thank you, Chairman for your very kind words – thank you for your warm applause. In your programme today, you will have found a copy of a poem called “The Spirit Level”. It is not well known at all, but was on the old ‘O’ Level English Literature syllabus when I first started teaching in 1978. I came across it again when I was doing some research for a sermon I gave last term at the Dragon School. The author of the poem makes a gift of a small spirit level (wood and brass with a tube of water with an air bubble left in): builders and engineers use them to determine whether a wall or structure is level. The gift is for a couple getting married and it is given as a symbol of harmony and balance that he wishes for them throughout their married life wherever they live – their feet firmly on the ground. I was thinking of this poem when the Chaplain suggested that I read a piece by David Brooks in the New York Times. In his article “It’s not about you”, he challenged the language of so many leaving addresses given in colleges and universities where young people are told to “follow YOUR passion, chart YOUR own course, march to the beat of YOUR own drum, follow YOUR dreams and find yourself”. This passion, this drive for autonomy, Brooks argues, has to be balanced with a need to find oneself and make serious commitments to a community, spouse or calling. It is that ‘balance’ in a school such as this that the Chairman has mentioned and which I want to consider today as I reflect on the achievements of the pupils and staff over the course of this academic year. There is so much which has gone on over the year that I am bound to miss far more than I mention so please accept my apologies in advance. Every effort by pupils in their academic and extracurricular activities is appreciated and so, too, is the skill, patience and encouragement of the staff. The school is about its people and its pupils are the most important people of all. At the end of May, an education journalist visited to help research a piece which she was writing on the role pupils undertake in the management of the School. She heard about House Prefects and their significant contribution in helping the Shells to settle and addressing minor disciplinary issues. She spoke to the School Prefects and was impressed by their sensitivity and their sense of responsibility towards pupils of all ages. Then, rattling through her notebook, she met some of our peer listeners and was amazed by the level of their training and their dedication. She met Pamela Pilsbury, a Sixth Former from California, who has played a key role with the peer listeners and our International Student Council which is designed to help overseas pupils settle in and also bring the traditions from their cultures to help enrich the life at St Edward’s. Finally, she met with Mr Coram-Wright who explained the detailed

process of selecting our prefects and how all these costs of a teacher in Malawi. In the autumn term, networks (including the Duke of Edinburgh Award George Parris decided that he would like to expand Scheme and the CCF) are all interwoven for the his Extended A Level essay on the composer, Sir benefit of the pupils. Her concluding comment to Edward Elgar, into a lecture and invite pupils Mrs van der Heiden was: “this is as good as it gets”. from other schools studying A Level music. He Let us hope that her final comment asked university professors to finds its way into her article. join him in a series of lectures, As I prepared today’s speech, including the composer, Anthony you can imagine that I did go back Payne, who has completed some to look at the Enews and SES News unfinished material by Elgar. for inspiration and may I thank Mrs To complete what soon became van der Heiden for making such a an “Elgar Festival”, there was a success of this publicity. What really concert and a film screening to strikes me is the range and quality make it a three day event. For his of pupil initiatives. This has been a services to music, the Elgar Society marked characteristic of the School invited George to Elgar’s birthplace year. Pupils have given Sermons in to receive a certificate of merit: Chapel, more pupils than ever have and I offer him the most sincere addressed the School in Assembly, congratulations. If you did not hear the Heads of School have encouraged George sing in the Fauré Requiem us to raise our eyes to and balance at the Cadogan Hall last term, or Lars Gladhaug our needs with the world beyond our with fellow soloist, Emily Higgins, Quad. Pupils were invited to speak to in Summertown in May, then you the teaching staff about their honest reflection on missed two remarkable performances. the academic experience of their time at school and Lars Gladhaugh in the Upper Sixth won an only last month, Fourth Form parents commented essay competition last summer. He was the first on how impressed they were by the maturity and pupil from a British School to win the award confidence shown by the pupils who contributed to from the Royal Commonwealth Society for 50 the presentation about life in the Sixth Form. years and his Housemaster and I went with Lars Last summer, Ruairi Keeley almost and his parents to London to see him receive his singlehandedly organized a charity cycle ride from prize from the President of Trinidad and Tobago. Paris to Oxford, raising a colossal £10,000 for Helen It was a magnificent evening and St Edward’s was and Douglas House. There have been a number celebrated because we had hosted a visit to Oxford of initiatives since, including fundraising for the by the winners of other awards in the creative arts, Adolescent Psychiatric unit at Boundary Brook economics and science who came from all over House, and the commitment to fund the training the Commonwealth. The pupils aged 15-20 were St Edward’s Chronicle 2010/11  |  9


Gaudy 2011

absolutely amazed by our School and I am grateful to the author, William Fiennes, who ran a creative writing workshop for them. We have developed the partnership with the Royal Commonwealth Society who hired our school to host a forum for children from schools throughout the city to debate the major issues facing our world. I had to play the role of the Secretary General and receive their final memorandum of agreement. It was a magical moment that I shall treasure. Our pupils have the energy and dedication to throw themselves into the broader life of the School – but is this at the expense of their academic pursuits? The pupils are at school to learn and contribute to the extra-curricular life but we have to remember also that for 80% of the pupils, this is their home, too, for significant periods of time. They have to be allowed to be children and young adults. They get things wrong sometimes and we have to fight our battles. Finding the right balance is never easy and I make no apology for the fact that we have tried to push academic endeavour and drive what has been called a “working hard is cool” agenda. To this end, we increased contact time and study time. The School has always deliberately and enthusiastically welcomed pupils with a broad range of academic ability on entry and set out to TEACH these pupils. Ours is a hungrier, more dynamic, more democratic academic ethos than some other schools. We believe in encouragement: carrot and stick. EVERY child is considered EVERY year for scholarships and exhibitions. ALL pupils have access to the scholars’ programmes of talks and debates, not just an academic elite. As the Senior Tutor, Mr Rowley is fond of saying, “we are certainly not an academic hothouse but we know how to turn up the heat”. Statistics are dull so in brief 10% of our Sixth Form have received offers to Oxford and Cambridge and in the last seven years we have received a 10% increase in the highest grades at A level. The IB results last summer placed us among the top schools in the country: we eagerly expect the second set of results next week. As the Oxford Times pointed out again recently, when you compare the results of our cohort who match the entry requirement of the local highly selective schools, we do just as well. Last term, we held the entrance scholarships for our Shell entry for September. One candidate was from the former Soviet Union and my first question was to find out where in such a vast country he lived. “North East Siberia” he told me. Trying to show that I had a working knowledge of Geography, I suggested “near Vladivostok” – “Yes”, he said, “we live two thousand kilometers north west of there”. He then told me that he had three short poems which he wanted to recite to me. The first by Baudelaire in French, the second by Schiller, “the Ode to Joy”, in German and finally, “My Love is like a red, red rose” by Robert Burns. Before he started, I stopped him and said, “If you recite them to me, I will sing the Burns back to you”. He recited the poems perfectly. So I honoured my promise and sang….Afterwards, with Mr Elzinga, Ms Munden

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The Clearing

Seb de Souza

and Mr Rowley I told them what had happened and we imagined the boy on his journey home with his parents: “Yes, I liked the school and the wonderful facilities. The Warden or Principal, though, is rather strange. He sang a Scottish song to me. Not like that nice Dr Seldon at Wellington!” The North Wall, with its footprint straddling the School and the outside community, continues to host our own drama productions and exhibitions together with the creative talent from outside. I was captivated by our own production of “Our Country’s Good” and felt that we were treated to some extraordinarily strong character performances. It was good to see so many young actors in the “Clearing” and the production, “Burmese Days” was an exceptional tour de force of

experimental drama. The North Wall’s new Artistic Director, Lucy Maycock and her team are to be congratulated on their relentless spirit in securing nationally important theatre groups, dancers and artists and bringing them to our door. The traffic, of course, is not all one way: our talented performers take their place in the broader cultural landscape: Seb de Souza gave an impressive performance in Channel 4’s cult TV show, “Skins”, Ella Phillips and Tom Bell have been selected for the National Youth Choir, Hamish Brewster for the National Youth Theatre and Dom Baker, with skills honed in the North Wall, was able to create and perform a dazzling light display for an outside company. No doubt our pupils are ambitious to follow on from the success of two recent leavers.

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OSE Tom Pellereau and Alan Sugar from the television show “The Apprentice”.

Richard Howitt with Martin Johnson

Emelia Clarke who left in 2006 is currently and see the work today, I know that you will be so sabbatical scholarship at the Scripps Marine starring in “Game of Thrones” on Sky Atlantic impressed by the work on display in the North Wall Research Institute in San Diego, California. Enjoy it and Pippa Bennett Warner who left in 2007 was and Design Studios. but come back! nominated for an award for her performance as Dr Kendall Williams has continued to develop Our Head of Sport, Richard Howitt, persuaded Cordelia in the Donmar Warehouse production his staggeringly impressive Café des Sciences. Gloucestershire County Cricket Club to run a junior of ‘King Lear’. The play is now on tour in the Science was never this much fun when I was satellite academy at St Edward’s for our pupils and United States. You may have been following young. Recently he led a seminar for a group of talented cricketers in our area. Fourth Formers Miles the young OSE Tom Pellereau in the television prep School Headmasters. I joined in with the class, Hammond and Joe Barrett were selected to play for show “The Apprentice”. What greater test of the finding out about sharks and there was a moment the MEN’S Gloucestershire 2nd XI and Haider Bhatti OSE character can there be than the ability to of pure genius when we were on video link with and Feroz Beg join Miles and Joe in the South and survive the rancour of Lord Sugar’s search for a the marine research centre in Hawaii – in the water West England squad. winner? We wish OSE Tom all the best over the with the sharks. He ran a conference together with Bernard Kay represented China in the sailing coming weeks and note with pride his unfailing the Oxford Biomedical Science group for schools, team at the Asian Junior Games. In Rowing, Emma courtesy and good sense in the midst of naked undergraduates and graduates on music and the Cadoux-Hudson and Cameron MacRitchie have and venal ambition. brain. This is just one example of the way the School represented Great Britain and Callum Jones joins This year, more so than before, we took our has made strong academic links with our university Cameron for further selection trials this summer. Sam talent ‘on the road’. I have mentioned the concert city. Next summer, Dr Williams has been given a Macdonald-Smith, Mickey Dicks, Sam Baring, Titus at London’s prestigious Cadogan Hall Morley and Hamish Brewster form half of where the School performed with some the GB Junior 16 eight for the Anglo/ French London Prep Schools and the English regatta. Our girls’ hockey 1st XI retained the Chamber Orchestra. Our artists and County Cup for the fourth year running. designers were invited to display their Hamish Atkinson was selected for the work in an Emerging Artists Exhibition English Independent Schools Barbarians and at the Burford Garden Company: many George Simon was part of the England U16 thanks to Nigel and Louise Johnson for squad for one game. hosting the show. A percentage of the The St Edward’s news and the Chronicle sales went to Aspire – a local charity will give a full summary of the year’s that helps homeless people back into results and achievements in all sports but the world of work by training them how can I ignore Mr Chitsenga’s success as gardeners. One of the artists, Toby on the athletics track? Not content with Baring, was invited to have a solo still holding the Zimbabwe record for exhibition in Lechlade in the autumn. 400m hurdles, this term he smashed the I wish him every success. Many of you Oxfordshire 200m record. Those years as a will have been at the Art and Design student in Havana training with the talented exhibition opening last night. Please go Cuban athletics squad was time well spent! From the video link Café des Sciences with the marine research centre in Hawaii

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The Sports Tour party in Canada The event that no one will forget this year was when the England Rugby squad based their training with us at St Edward’s for four days in the fortnight between the victorious match against France and their success over Scotland in the Calcutta Cup. The combined efforts of Mr Gaunt and Mr Dalgleish coaching Oxford University and Mr Hanslip with England U16 ended up with a request by telephone at half term to host the team for the first week back. I gave the matter really careful thought and after two seconds my answer was YES. It was inspiring and exciting and I think that everyone appreciated their dedication to training and preparation. There was a great moment when the Heads of School handed Martin Johnson his own St Edward’s school bag – and the photograph of me with him appeared on the front page of the Independent School magazine, much to the amusement, amazement and envy of my Headmaster colleagues. My brother (who is Head of Bishop’s Stortford College) said, “Andrew, you’ve shrunk”! My only disappointment was that Mr Hanslip banned me from playing my bagpipes from the touchline. As they were to play in their Scotland match I wanted to help in their acclimatization process. His excuse was that the Bursar said I did not have sufficient Accident Insurance cover. I wish our girls and boys every success as they set off on their Hockey and Rugby tour to Canada and take this opportunity to thank staff on behalf of the School for the many holiday trips and expeditions which are always enjoyable but demanding and anything but a holiday for those in charge. I am always grateful for the dedication of my staff. When I did my teaching practice in Oxford in 1978 it was at a time of great upheaval in the world of education. There was discontent over pay and

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conditions and the teaching unions held a number of one day strikes and withdrew their support from any activity outside of the classroom. It almost killed off music, sport and drama in our maintained schools and it took years to bring it back. There is disquiet now over teachers’ pensions and over pensions in other public services, including the Forces, Police and Civil Service. For years, people have made a decision to enter into these professions as a vocation and for lifestyle reasons, accepting that although salaries would be modest, pensions were secure. There is a suggestion in the Hutton report that private sector jobs should be removed from public pension schemes, perhaps including independent school teachers. For years, we have encouraged movement between the sectors and partnership schemes between all schools. Independent schools have also given great support to the Academy programme. To break that link would be madness. I am proud to have been the 12th Warden of St Edward’s. I admit to being glad not to be the 13th! But I wish Mr Stephen Jones the very best when he joins in September. I was with a fellow Head last month who is leaving a famous school like ours. We announced our plans at almost the same time, eighteen months ago. We swapped notes: “How often have people asked you what you are going to do?”; “Did you find that colleagues or parents said, “well, last new pupils’ welcome, last hockey/rugby match against Marlborough or last carol service”. We were together for a meeting of Head Teachers. As the meeting started, a colleague said “well you two, your last meeting of HMC”. We rolled our eyes – but another Head Teacher said that it reminded him of an essay by Dr Samuel Johnson from “The Idler”. Thanks to Google on his iPhone, he found the quotation – the library was a little far away!

“The secret horror of the last is inseparable from a thinking being whose life is limited, and to whom death is dreadful. The more there is past the less there is remaining”. Our moment of serious reflection was shattered when someone piped up “Let’s get back to the agenda – modular GCSE and the mark scheme for GCSE Physics”. I know what I shall miss. I have enjoyed teaching all of the Shells so that almost all of the faces in front of me I have taught; I enjoyed visiting over 50 schools where a number of young pupils showed me around as my guide; I have enjoyed seeing the children of pupils I taught in my first two schools become pupils here at St Edward’s and I shall miss working with teaching, domestic and administration staff who have a genuine affection for the School. I am not the only leaver, for today we say goodbye to a number of colleagues. To our Language and Graduate Assistants and Artist in Residence, Jethro Buck. To Mrs White, Avenue House Matron. We will miss Mrs Fages Agudo, Miss Davies, Miss Fleming, Mr Askew, Miss Bottomley, Mr Sandbach, Miss Adams, Miss Crudass, Mrs Gallacher, Mr Stephenson and Miss Wethey. They have been excellent colleagues. After many years of loyal service and caring teaching, Mrs Downer retires this summer – I wish her every happiness. Mrs Palmer moves to Dorset to be nearer her family and I wish her every success as a Head of Department. Mrs Lyne retires for the second time. She is a brilliant classicist and teacher and a lovely person. Mr Elzinga moves to Harrow to be Director of Studies. I want to thank him for his support. Mr Pleming goes on to Wrekin College as Headmaster, and I thank him for all he has done leading the English Department and together with Rachel for all that they have done running Apsley. May I extend thanks to those in my leadership team of Housemasters and Housemistresses, Directors, the Registrar, Chaplain, Senior Tutor and Bursar who have been splendid colleagues to work with? In particular, I want to thank my secretary, Lorna Roche, for her patience, skill and support over the years. Who will organize me from now on?! In Mr James as Sub-Warden, I have found a diligent and loyal colleague and patient friend. I cannot thank him enough for his devotion to St Edward’s. And our last leaver, Mrs Trotman, who has been a valued member of the Learning Support team and someone who has kept me balanced with my feet firmly on the ground and as a wise counsellor to me in my professional career. My aim has been to lead a school community with civilized values at its core, where ALL our pupils, whatever their ability, background or interests, can find their place and make their way forward; where pupils and staff are tolerant, understanding, courteous and encouraging. These values will last beyond all other rewards. If the young women and men who sit here today can go out confidently into the world, embrace it, enjoy it, live it to the full responsibly, then I will be proud of the role my colleagues and I have played in helping them to shape their future. God bless you all.


Art

Art We encourage our pupils to become independent thinkers and learners: to be curious, active, inspired, and interpretive with an ability to research and investigate historical, cultural and contemporary Art practice whilst continuing to develop their own practical skills. An ability to review and refine their work as well as experimenting and taking risks is essential. Through tutorials and group critiques, the exchange of ideas, discursive skills and self-evaluation, we promote critical debate and thinking. We teach a wide range of disciplines drawing on the expertise of our staff who are all practicing artists. Visits to galleries and museums at home and abroad are an essential part of our curriculum. In the last two years we have visited New York, Paris, Barcelona and London. Highlights were MOMA, New York and Frieze Art, London. Every term the pupils have a chance to exhibit in The North Wall Gallery helping to forge links between the public and the school. The Leavers’ Exhibition during Gaudy is always of exceptional quality and a fitting way to recognise their talent and say goodbye to our young artists. We run life drawing and portrait classes every week and are building on our visiting artist/artist in residence programme. In 2011 sixteen of our pupils successfully gained places at Art Schools nationwide. A new record for St Edward’s which speaks for itself. GCSE, A Level and IB results are outstanding. “Beth Ditto” by Nettle Grellier (U6), 8’ x 4’

Ned Darr (5th form)

Ellie Johnson (L6)

Millie Edwards (U6)

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“Diadelos Muertos” by Nettle Grellier (U6), 4’ x 3’, tapestry collage

Fatima Perbellini (U6 ), 8” x 6”

“The Art of War”, collaborative project, 9’ x 15’, mixed media

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“Peppers” by Alice Railton (U6 ), 1’ x 2’


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Ceramics

Work from GCSE Exam pieces

The Oxford Ceramics Fair is one of many different public events hosted at the school. Held each autumn in the half term break, the Fair is an internationally recognised event at which 60 artists, selected by the Craft Potters Association of Great Britain (www. cpaceramics.co.uk), show and sell their work. Ceramics is an ancient craft, and it is through ceramics that we find our earliest links to civilisation (see article, ‘What business the arts in schools’). Phil Jolley, Head of Ceramics at St Edward’s, is a recognised artist in his own right and exhibits at the fair. His work uses as its starting point the layers

Bella Glanville (5th form)

of civilisation found in archaeological finds. Chris Nathan’s article on past masters (also in this issue) celebrates another teacher in the early history of the school whose own passion was ‘potsherds’; the study and collection of shards of pottery from which our ancestry might be better understood. Many teachers at the school continue to practice their craft in the public sphere, from sports to science and the arts, and this ensures that their teaching is current and inspired by real world up-to-date experience. Ceramics is a real craft skill that is demanding and academically rigorous as well as being

Phoebe Williams (5th form)

creative. The pupils of St Edward’s are indeed privileged to be taught by some of the very best practitioners in the country.

“Angels wing” by Oceane Bonnet Deravin, etching

George Burt (5th form)

Phil Jolley

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Gaudy Prizes Junior Current Affairs Prize Cecilia Hunt, Michael Pears Senior Current Affairs Prize Patrick Hinton, Maxine Mackintosh Fourth Essay Prize Ibrahim Ait-Tahar, Theodor Gerrard-Anderson, Jack MacClancy Shell Essay Prize Michael Pears

Bayford Stone Mathematics Prize Xander Garbett

Upper Sixth Economics Prize Catherine Battcock

Fifth Form Latin Prize Joseph Barr

Upper Sixth Further Mathematics Prize Charles Harries-Jones

Lower Sixth Economics Prize Mark Saville

Fourth Form Classical Civilisation Prize Ivan Vasylevskyy

Lower Sixth Further Mathematics Prize Brian Leung

Upper Sixth Politics Prize Patrick Hinton

Fourth Form Greek Prize Helen Baddeley

Lower Sixth Politics Prize Farbod Akhlaghi

Fourth Form Latin Prize Theodor Gerrard-Anderson

John Simmonds Mathematics Prize Jessie Lai Robert Fisher Mathematics Prize Tommaso Pappagallo

Kenneth Grahame English Prize Frederick Crossley

David Cundy Mathematics Prize Ka Fung Lam

Senior Gittings Prize Claire Vainker

Duncan Williams Mathematics Prize Emma Cheng

Junior Gittings Prize No award

Upper Sixth Philosophy Prize Clio Chartres Lower Sixth Philosophy Prize Farbod Akhlaghi Upper Sixth Religious Studies Prize Louisa Stephenson Lower Sixth Religious Studies Prize Abigail Hughes

Lower Sixth English Prize Claire Vainker

Todd-Oxley Prize Lars Gladhaug

Fifth Form English Prize Cecilia Hunt

Dingwall History Prize Patrick Hinton

Fourth Form English Prize Rebecca Mason

Lower Sixth History Prize Isabella Ogston

Shell English Prize Michael Pears

Fifth Form History Prize Cecilia Hunt

Fourth Form Religious Studies Prize Annabelle Simpson

Bradford Martin Reading Prizes Maxine Mackintosh, Josephine Williams, Theodor Gerrard-Anderson, Florence Pugh, Bethany Reed

Woods History Prize Sam Baring

Shell Religious Studies Prize Callum Hunt

David Howorth Drama Prize Sebastian de Souza Upper Sixth Theatre Studies Prize Hugh Coles Lower Sixth Theatre Studies Prize Eleanor Johnson Fifth Form Drama Prize Olivia McHugh Fourth Form Drama Prize Robert Fletcher

Fourth Form History Prize Robert Fletcher Shell History Prize Magnus Speirs

Styler Classical Civilisation Prize Pamela Pillsbury Wilding Greek Prize Benedict Street

Shell Greek Prize Mikhail Yakovlev Shell Latin Prize Tacita McCoy-Parkhill Tetra-set Ancient & Modern Languages Prize Octavia Akoulitchev Modern Languages Prize Katherine Pleming Lane French Prize Nicole Rapeport Brooke Johnson French Prize Fatima Perbellini Lower Sixth French Prize Roberto Franzan Fifth Form French Prize Henry Dardis Fourth Form French Prize Helen Baddeley Shell French Prize Octavia Akoulitchev

Upper Sixth History of Art Prize Nicole Rapeport

Jellicoe Latin Prize Olivia Brickman

Upper Sixth German Prize Stephen MacFarlane

Lower Sixth History of Art Prize Isabelle Josephs

Lower Sixth Classical Civilisation Prize Adam Al Ghafri

Lower Sixth German Prize Patrick Burrows

Eardley Geography Prize George Parris

Lower Sixth Greek Prize Greg Chilson

Lower Sixth Geography Prize Holly Jackson

Lower Sixth Latin Prize Frederick Kerr-Dineen

Victor Ellis Geography Prize Michael Dicks

Fifth Form Classical Civilisation Prize Sam Macdonald-Smith

Fourth Form Geography Prize Frederick Moore Shell Geography Prize Octavia Akoulitchev

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Fifth Form Religious Studies Prize John Bethell

Shell Classical Studies Prize James Holdsworth

Brims Greek Prize Cecilia Hunt

Fifth Form German Prize Matthew Havey Fourth Form German Prize Frazer Martin Shell German Prize Emma Cheng


Gaudy Prizes

Guest Spanish Prize Nicole Rapeport Upper Sixth Spanish Prize Laura Giorgi-Monfort Lower Sixth Spanish Prize Frederick Kerr-Dineen Fifth Form Spanish Prize Hannah Packard Fourth Form Spanish Prize Bryony Spensley

Upper Sixth Environmental Science Prize Miranda Stewart Lower Sixth Environmental Science Prize Holly Jackson Upper Sixth Physical Education Prize Harrison Adcock

Shell Spanish Prize Bethany Reed

Lower Sixth Physical Education Prize Emma Cadoux-Hudson

Harvey Shillidy Biology Prize Simon Barrington-Ward

Fifth Form Physical Education Prize Phoebe Bates

Lower Sixth Biology Prize Jessie Lai Fifth Form Biology Prize Elizabeth Grant Fourth Form Biology Prize Theodor Gerrard-Anderson Shell Biology Prize Emma Cheng Yorke Chemistry Prize Xander Garbett Gauntlett Chemistry Prize Brian Leung Graham Hodgson Chemistry Prize Jonathan Goddard Fourth Form Chemistry Prize Frazer Martin Shell Chemistry Prize Matthew Carmedy Graham Hodgson Physics Prize Xander Garbett Michael Ogier Physics Prize Tanapa Konuntakiet Hugh Atkins Physics Prize Alex Dickens Fourth Form Physics Prize Frazer Martin Shell Physics Prize Oliver Cobbold

Fourth Form Physical Education Prize Jemima Jolley Shell Physical Education Prize Charles Shipperley Edward Milson Art Prize Frederick Crossley Upper Sixth Ceramics Prize Reuben Mynheer Lower Sixth Art Prize Hugo Wheeler Lower Sixth Ceramics Prize Lydia Bowden Fifth Form Art Prize Freya Douglas Ferguson Fifth Form Ceramics Prize Frederick Manning Fourth Form Art Prize Hebe Howorth

Upper Sixth Design Prize George Sephton Lower Sixth Design Prize Freya Berkin Fifth Form Design Prize Frazer Worboys Fifth Form Jewellery Prize Rebecca Wilkes Fourth Form Design Prize Charles Preston Fourth Form Jewellery Prize Ellen Lloyd Shell Design Prize Charles Shipperley Kendall Music Prize Benedict Street Director of Music’s Prize George Parris Frederick Crossley Gold Music Prize Thomas Bell King-Smith Chapel Choir Cup Maximilian Narula Maxine Mackintosh Angus Sixsmith Piping Cup Cameron MacRitchie Music Composition Prize Alfred MacGibbon Fifth Form Music Prize Tarit Konuntakiet Fourth Form Music Prize Harry Roxburgh

Eric Friedmann Prize Nicholas de Klee Finnis Prize George Parris Arthur Banks Prize Miles Fisher Old St Edward’s Lodge Prize Ruairi Keeley Wade Prize Edward Lea Thomas Chamberlain Medals Hector Ahern Annabelle Burt Augusta Charlton Hugh Coles Camilla English Patrick Hinton Alexander Ing Charles Instone Stephen MacFarlane John O’Hara Pamela Pillsbury Rupert Shipperley Leonora Skull Sophie Wilsdon Cup Jessie Stevenson

Shell Music Prize Horatio Holloway

Richard Harrison Cup Maxine Mackintosh Maximilian Narula Frederick Crossley

Major Awards

Warden’s Prize Fiona Shajko Benedict Street

Shell Art Prize James Holdsworth

David Howorth Travel Award John O’Hara Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards Hector Ahern Charles Blanchard Olivia Brickman Chantelle Dunn Camilla English Maximilian Narula Molly Pigott Alice Railton

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Having worked closely with the Warden over the course of this year we were delighted to take up the opportunity to speak on a more personal level. Sitting in his office looking out over the Quad on a spring evening we reflect upon the Warden’s time at St Edward’s and his expectations for the future. Interview by Ben Street and Fiona Shajko

Warden Trotman Initial Thoughts

Portrait of warden Trotman by James Hart Dyke

When he joined in 2004, Warden Trotman was already well acquainted with the school and the Oxford area. During the 70s and 80s, he taught at two of our rival schools and also visited to help with some rugby at St Edward’s whilst studying English at Balliol College, Oxford. Furthermore, there were family links to the school; his brother was Head of English here in the 1980s, and his best man is an OSE. Having moved from schools that were predominantly day and selective academically to a boarding school with a broader academic intake, he soon became very fond of St Edward’s, admiring its great facilities and buoyant atmosphere. He was very keen to get to know the school and how it operated while quickly establishing himself with the routine of both students and staff. Something that has proven very valuable was his aim to build relationships with other Headmasters and Headmistresses and the feeder schools themselves, to the point where a student could walk in and he would know what their previous school was like and perhaps even know about them. When asked what areas of St Edward’s he initially thought of as being particularly strong, the Warden highlighted our inherent cultural strengths, stating that these areas were performing at a very high level while not to the detriment of the flourishing academic environment. However, stressing that extracurricular involvement is important, he is also very keen that the student body promote their academic achievements, taking pride in their academic work and openly discussing it amongst their peers. He was shocked to see bright students reluctant to pick up academic prizes in assembly. Furthermore, he finds it hard to understand the ‘inherent embarrassment that people have, thinking that academic excellence is a gift and not something they’ve earned.’ He highlights that ‘academic success isn’t just about the very bright students achieving at the highest levels but that every student and every teacher should be genuinely interested in teaching and learning’. One area that the Warden wanted to address was the perceived ‘shabbiness’ of pupils’ appearance. He was concerned about the school’s reputation, especially within the local community, and believed ‘the school needed to gain a clear and sharper image’. Despite the controversy that surrounded

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the change in uniform, especially the longer skirts for girls, he believes that now the ‘dress issue is no longer an issue’, much thanks to the help of the Registrar, Ms Munden. Emphasizing that the name of the school is in fact St Edward’s, Oxford he wanted to ensure that the school took advantage of its prime location within this ‘unique’ city. Certainly he sees the new uniform as a step in the right direction.

Challenges We next asked what the Warden thought had been his greatest challenge over his 7 years here. After some thought, he admitted that his greatest challenge was deciding whether to bring back Gaby Edmondson, following the fatal car accident in 2009. Although a major moral dilemma, the Warden believed that it would be difficult to exclude someone from the school community at a time when they needed the support most of all and when she had not yet been charged. Asked where he felt there was still room for improvement, the Warden was quick to highlight our recent GCSE results, stating ‘that we could achieve better results with a greater focus, concentration and a greater sense of importance.’ He also stated that whilst the school maintains an active role in the local community, ‘we should do more’, and he would like to see wider pupil involvement in local projects. Many people have often referred to the term ‘the Teddies bubble’ and it was clear that the Warden was keen on dispelling such a label, as he affirmed that ‘we are not an isolated walled campus’. He immediately referred to some of our more recent projects such as the Shout Project with the Waterways, the Art Room Project, and our ongoing relationship with Northern House. After concluding that there were many areas in which the school could improve he quickly pointed out that ‘a school can always improve’.

On Reflection It appeared to be an easy question to answer when we asked the Warden what he believed to be his greatest achievement at St Edward’s. Coining the concept of pride, he suggested that he was most proud of contributing to the change of mind-set concerning the means testing of scholarships; rather than simply focusing on ability and in that awarding substantially subsidised places, ability to pay should be considered alongside talent and academic aptitude. He went as far as saying that the school would love to be means tested for all, which ‘would be wonderful’. Of course, this requires a huge sum of money and the Warden acknowledged the capital endowment which would be necessary. Nevertheless, he recognises the step towards means testing as a great success. The Warden also singled out the introduction of the International Baccalaureate among recent achievements, not solely his own, but rather that of the team who implemented it, boldly suggesting that the school will look back on the decision and say that it was ‘a significant statement about belief in sixth form education’. He


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Warden Trotman

The Warden concludes firmly, yet fondly, that as a school we should have ‘a mixture of change and stability, growth and community’ as this is what makes us healthy.

praised St Edward’s charitable giving, which he believed that the school had taken in its stride, especially with projects such as the micro-credit finance. He is glad that ‘we do not make a huge song and dance about self-sacrificing’ or talk about any heavy burden, but instead go about fundraising on a regular basis and never simply abandon projects, stating that this is the sort of thing that we should be involved in more and more. Contrasting achievements by moving on to mistakes, we proceeded to ask the Warden what his thoughts were on any potential errors in judgement by the school during his time at Teddies. His response: ‘sometimes taking our eye off the ball of some behaviours’ – which he justified by saying that it is because we are very busy and very involved within school life. The two of us can certainly understand this having almost completed five years at Teddies. Furthermore, he suggested that if he had his time again, he would keep a more regular and frequent communication and engagement with parents. Some of the particularly strong aspects of our school such as E-News were also mentioned, where the Warden told us he wished we had introduced these sooner, as they materialised during the latter part of his seven years, ending this by reminiscently saying ‘you learn, you learn’. Having ventured into questions touching the surface of the Warden’s reflection after his time at St Edward’s, we decided to raise a couple of questions which often come up on parent tours. When challenged with whether Teddies is a boys’ school with girls in it, the Warden was quick to refute this. Stating that the school is genuinely co-educational, he tells us that the reason the policy was successful back in the 80s when girls first joined the school was largely because it was done for educational benefit. He hinted that he would love the school to be 50/50 and therefore balanced, but this would require the school to expand, and he concluded by affirming that our current situation does not come across as an issue in the pastoral surveys. Being surrounded by academically strong schools just down the road, we are interested to hear what makes us stand out. The Warden very democratically advises that ‘we should not try to be them and they should not try to be us’, but does continue to distinguish us through the longer working day, the balance between extra-curricular and curricular, and the broader academic choice. The fact that we are a proper coeducational school and proper boarding too also comes to

surface, and although complimenting other schools by saying ‘that what they do they do very well’, the Warden mentions that it is interesting as they have tried to emulate some of the things we have been very successful in such as cultural festivals, concluding with a smile that we ‘clearly make them think’. When asked what he thought was the school’s greatest asset the Warden listed a number of contributory factors. These included the fact we have the Chapel at the heart of the school, allowing us to offer ethical discussions as well as spiritual journeys, Esporta and the other fantastic sporting facilities and the many creative spaces, specifying the North Wall. He once more pointed out that we are in Oxford in a prime location which is to our advantage. Furthermore, he linked each of these assets suggesting that being in Oxford and offering facilities at a high level attract some of our greatest staff here. In terms of what values make us so special, the Warden proceeded to fondly speak of the school as one at ease, telling us of a phrase he came up with a couple of years back, ‘polished but not pretentious’. Sustaining that this does not mean that we can be scruffy and laid back, the Warden thinks of being ‘at ease’ as a place where boys and girls can talk to the adults and adults talk to students; something that makes us stand out. The Warden particularly highlighted and praised the staff as one of our greatest assets, so we asked what his thoughts were about the number of staff leaving the school this academic year. After clarifying that this year is by no means unusual in terms of the rotation in staffing, the Warden tells us that he ‘would love to house everybody’ but it is a healthy aspect of the school that people join us and move on. He acknowledges that the school makes heavy demands on people, but asserts that if the answer is to make them lighter, by not coaching a sport for instance, then it would be a great shame. In fact, it transpires that some of the people leaving are going on to do some research or a further degree, and the Warden terms this a ‘testament’ to the school, that as an educational establishment we have ‘fired a spark’ in teachers, making them want to go back into learning. The same is said about a colleague who is leaving to join the Church, as St Edward’s is part of a spiritual journey. The Warden concludes firmly, yet fondly, that as a school we should have ‘a mixture of change and stability, growth and community’ as this is what makes us healthy.

Warden Time line Summer 2003

Autumn 2004

Summer 2005

Summer 2006

Autumn 2006

Spring 2007

12th Warden elect announced Feb 28th. Mr Trotman, Headmaster of St Peter’s School, York, succeeds Mr Christie

12th Warden welcomed in post

Completion of phase 2, Avenue House

Further building on piggeries; single story building for ground staff.

Building improvements to Sing’s, Field, Mac’s, Tilly’s and Oakthorpe.

North Wall opened Jan 26th

Warden’s lodgings transformed.

Dinning Hall transformed

Construction of North Wall begins

Process to seek IB approval begins

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Planning permission granted for new science building, March 1st.


Warden Trotman

Memories Having asked various questions that reflected upon the Warden’s time at St Edward’s we went on to discuss some more personal memories that he will revive when looking back on his time at Teddies. Initially, he struggled to pinpoint one best moment, fondly saying that there were ‘many great moments’. However, after much thought he relived the story of Joe Robinson cycling into school followed by many others in support of the JR and in memory of Grace Hadman. After reminiscing for a moment, he said ‘it was a moment when the community really came together’ and a fitting tribute to Grace. We also asked a series of lighter questions including ‘favourite prank’ and ‘most embarrassing moment’. He initially argued that the yearly pranks, which included vandalism and painting, were something he really disliked. He looked fondly on various dress up days and recalled the moment when parents walked in on his lesson to see the pupils, all working hard, dressed up as pirates. He failed to summon up his most embarrassing moment, saying that he is not easily embarrassed as a person and that as a headmaster, ‘you’ve just got to go with the flow’. Being part of such an all-enveloping community, we asked the Warden how he has coped with being a family man and a headmaster to which he replied, ‘it has been easy, and not so easy... having time for the other children and not for your own – you have to work on that very carefully’. Although he thought his own children would have thrived at St Edward’s, they had chosen to go to a day school instead where they could ‘plough their own furrow’. Inevitably, this has called for some careful planning to avoid school timetable clashes with fixtures such as plays and matches. He admitted that there had been some sacrifice in not seeing as much as he would have liked of his children growing up as well as acknowledging how school issues could impinge on the whole family. He cited a story in which his son Jack, on a punting trip with girls from St Edward’s, was bombarded with moans about the change in uniform: ‘it’s not their problem, it’s not their school.’

What Next? To end the interview we asked a few questions regarding the future: both for St Edward’s and Warden Trotman. He spoke at length about the various challenges that St Edward’s would face due to the current economic climate and asked how this school would continue to grow at a time of cut backs. ‘How can people afford to pay fees at such a magnitude out of taxed income at a time when the economy is tight?’. He also highlighted that other challenges, such as energy consumption and wastage, are quickly

Summer 2008 OSE Office, Development Office and Friend’s of St Edward’s brought together under single administrative function

IB Status granted

Centenary of ‘The Wind in the Willows’ celebrated

Mansion House Dinner, attended by many notable OSEs.

David Lewis, OSE, becomes Lord Mayor of London on Nov 9th

going to become major issues for the future. The key, he stated, lay in the effectiveness of the school as an organization, quoting Emerson, ‘economy is not about burning the coal, it’s about burning the coal more efficiently.’ However, he acknowledged that in a private institution, ‘Everybody wants more... everything’s about more staffing, more facilities, etc... how can we achieve that? We can’t make the staff work harder, there is no land to expand onto. Those are the challenges.’ With regards to his own future plans, the Warden did not wish to be too specific. He does not plan to run another school, ‘I have been so happy here, why would I want to go run another school?’ His intention is to have a portfolio of activity which would include working with young people, in a less privileged context. He is also passionately interested in leadership development, the mentoring, guiding and coaching of leaders in education: ‘that’s what I really want to do and am going to be doing.’ His advice for his successor was to get to know the school and to be aware that changing attitudes takes time. But above all, these positive words: ‘...to be himself, to be bold and to enjoy the school – a fantastic community.’ We would like to thank the Warden for his candor in this interview and for all he has done for the school and wish him the very best for his future.

Summer 2009

March 2009

Construction work on the Martyrs Pavilion well advanced

Life Sciences building opened Opening of new Martyrs Pavilion, Sept 12th 2009 Enhancement of Tilly’s house commenced

His advice for his successor ...to be himself, to be bold and to enjoy the school – a fantastic community.

School acquires the Lemon Tree restaurant property and land as part of music dept development, transformed temporarily as the archive, music rehearsal space and staff accommodation.

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the warden’s Desert Island Discs My first piece of music evokes very strong memories from the past. My mother was a piano teacher and I fondly remember that as a child I would go to sleep most nights listening to her playing the piano downstairs. She would also play for a ballet and keep fit class and so I sometimes used to have to sit patiently in a draughty hall while she worked. When Mary and I lived in our first house together we had a tape of Chopin’s complete piano works. The tape deck was downstairs and I had speakers wired to a study in the attic. I had to run down and turn the tape over in the middle of this: Chopin Preludes and Impromptus played by Vladimir Ashkenazy. My next piece would be from Finzi’s Dies Natalis, “These Little Hands” sung by the tenor Wilfred Brown. Mary and I loved it so much that we organised for a chorister to sing it at our daughter’s christening. Although she was only four months old, Ellie started to sing along. She has not stopped since.

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The first long playing record that I ever owned was a gift from my German exchange partner Michi when we first met over 40 years ago and we are still friends. It is a great work: Frank Zappa: Hot Rats and the best track Willy the Pimp with Captain Beefheart on vocals and Sugar Cane Harris on electric violin. This reminds me of the Blues Club I went to at school where we would spend lunch times listening to Chickenshack, Eric Clapton, Yardbirds and John Mayall. I had a load of West Coast avant garde music on reel-to-reel tape. In his spare time at university, my son, Jack, is a drummer and song writer in his band Empire Safari. I am really proud of him, especially as he will be playing at Glastonbury this summer. I would choose one of his early songs Rush, especially with the string section on their demo CD. Mary and I saw a memorable production of Beethoven’s opera Fidelio at the Festival Theatre when we lived in Edinburgh. The set was a striking cross section with rooms above and the gaol below.

Unfortunately, as the second act began the curtain jammed. Finally, the problem was sorted out and the second act started again, giving me the pleasure of hearing the wonderful bassoon solo repeated. The Prisoners’ Chorus is so stirring, full of the composer’s passion for Liberty and Brotherhood: Beethoven, Fidelio. I would choose the recording by Otto Klemperer and Elizabeth Schwarzkopf. There are few pieces of music where I press “replay” because I cannot bear it finishing, but the song Morgen by Richard Strauss is certainly one. I would choose an old version I have sung by Janet Baker, as I went to her final concert at the Royal Festival Hall where she sang it as an encore. When we lived in York, she was Chancellor of the University and I served on the University council. I lived in hope that at some stage in a meeting she would burst into song. I bought Ellie the sheet music a year or so ago and so I get to hear the song live when she is home. I spoke to the school two years ago about the power of music to help give us comfort and take us to our own special place of happy memories. I played an Aria from a recording of Handel’s opera Rodelinda sung by Sophie Denman. This always takes me to memories of two places: early morning in a canoe with my father on the Helford River with the mist lifting or watching for badgers at evening at Wytham woods with my family. Sophie had the lead role in another Handel opera that was produced as


CHaiRmaN oF GoveRNoRs

part of the North Wall’s opening festival in 2006. Memory and the attempt to erase the past is the theme of one of my favourite films, The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The trailer used Electric Light Orchestra’s Mr Bluesky although it is not used in the film itself. It is a track that I always enjoy hearing and has happy memories of holidays in France and Italy with Mary and the children. If I had to take only one disc, it would have to be Beethoven’s Fidelio. Luxuries: May I take my bagpipes and a copy of “The Scots Guards” Pipe Tunes? I will have time to learn the tunes properly. At least no one will complain about the noise and they may come in handy signalling to passing ships. However, they would put off anyone from rescuing me! I have struggled making my mind up about a book to take with me. “War and Peace” and “Our Mutual Friend” currently rank as my favourite novels, but I would probably go for the complete works of Chaucer if I could only take one. His work is so rich and diverse: and he wrote almost as much in Latin and French as in English, so I would have my work cut out. Not only does he display complete mastery of the art of storytelling, but his flair for capturing human virtue, pomposity and depravity in his range of characters is extraordinary. Andrew Trotman June 2011

Chairman of Governors It is the Warden who sets the The International tone of the School. So what Baccalaureate has been tone did Andrew Trotman set introduced, which has made at St Edward’s? In my view, he the School more attractive to maintained the liberal outlook a wider catchment, and has of the place. introduced pupils to a broader The balance (quite range of courses. The impact rightly) is set in favour of the is not just to the benefit of our individual pupil rather than pupils, it has also opened up new the institution. Sadly, this opportunities for teachers to doesn’t seem to be true of all develop their ideas and to share schools. It is an organisation good practice. The Common Mike Stanfield with a teaching body that Room is filled with talented Chairman of Governors willingly go that extra mile in individuals who are dedicated to an effort to allow pupils to fulfil the needs of children and highly their total potential. The school has a sense supportive of one another. There is a calm of humanity, putting, above all else, the care efficiency about the place that is in large of the individual; it is (as we would wish) part a reflection of the man. ‘polished and unpretentious.’ This is a phrase When he came to me and told me he that Andrew first used when he arrived 7 would like to stand down as Warden before years ago and, in many ways, I think it his retirement date it came as no surprise – sums up both the school and his own it was something which seemed to me to personal style. be right for him. After all, he has It a mark of the man that he taught spent almost 20 years bearing all those every Shell pupil on entry to the School responsibilities of a headmaster. ‘With ensuring that he met and knew every child. another job left in him’, as he put it to me, Andrew is kind, considerate, thoughtful it was logical he should move into doing and self sacrificing and handled some something less pressurised but nonetheless very difficult situations with consummate equally challenging and rewarding. professional skill – but without losing at For quite some years Andrew has been any time the ability to display a human advising friends and colleagues who were response to what was going on and to all about to become head teachers, of course up those involved. till now he had been doing this for free. The Under his stewardship, the Life Sciences step up the ladder to headship, even from building grew roots and flourished. It is a fine Senior Management, is enormous and fraught building, housing technological innovation with difficulties and generally speaking, and enthusiasm that has re-ignited interest Heads in Waiting have nowhere to go for in the sciences among many children at this comprehensive advice on the problems and School. You will see that one of the covers of pitfalls of being a Head Teacher. this edition of The Chronicle is dedicated to They have now – as Andrew’s ‘science’. The Martyrs Pavilion, made possible consultancy will fill this vacuum. In time, by generous donation, was completed and Andrew plans to extend his consultancy to the old ‘deco’ building now refurbished. leadership beyond education, and I am sure The recent purchase of The Lemon Tree he will be very successful. restaurant paves the way for the enlargement The Governors are also very pleased to of facilities for music, about which Andrew is announce that Warden Trotman has agreed deeply passionate. to work with the Development Office on Following the completion of the North specific fund raising assignments after he Wall, celebrated on the other cover of this leaves us; we think his experience will be edition, Andrew maintained the momentum very beneficial to the School. built up by SES Arts and ensured that the Finally, one word to sum up Warden staff of the North Wall had the room to Trotman ? I haven’t got one word, so I’ll manoeuvre so that the facility could fulfil its give you a few that sum up this remarkable joint objective as a place both for the School schoolteacher and man – humble, humane, and also the local community, thus realising human, humanitarian. And finally, not a the Governors’ aims for our performing ‘hum’ word – I would say a true Gentleman arts centre. and a fine Headmaster. St Edward’S ChroniClE 2010/11 | 23


Cambridge, Oxford, Ivy League spoRt

Cambridge, Oxford, Ivy League Congratulations to the following who, following interviews and tests in December 2010, have received offers to study at Cambridge and Oxford Universities:

James Stevenson, Engineering, Pembroke, Cambridge

Cambridge

Brijesh Roy, Molecular & Cellular Biology, St Peter’s Oxford

Clio Chartres, Chinese, Corpus Christi College

Dietrich Sturm, Jurisprudence, New, Oxford

Freddie Crossley, English , Clare College

Ben Summers, Literae Humaniores, Balliol, Oxford

Xander Garbett, Computer Science , Fitzwilliam College

Rosy Corp, French & German, St Hilda’s, Oxford

Lars Gladhaug, History, Churchill College

Jonathan Shawyer, Human Geography, Magdalen, Oxford

Aidan Irwin-Singer, History, Magdalene College

Chantelle Staynings, English, Trinity, Oxford

George Parris, Music with a Choral Scholarship , Sidney Sussex College

Jeremy Moncrieff, Biological Sciences, Christ Church, Oxford

Katie Pleming, French & Italian, Gonville & Caius College

Jonathan Williams, Philosophy, St John’s, Cambridge

Louisa Stephenson, Theology & Religious Studies, St Catharine’s College

Justin Wilson, Molecular & Cellular Biology, Brasenose, Oxford

Oxford Stephen MacFarlane, Biological Sciences, St Hilda’s College Daniel Parrott, Chinese, St Anne’s College

Edward Davey, French & Spanish, Brasenose, Oxford Baudewijn Morgan, French & Russian (ab initio), St Peter’s, Oxford Sarah Russell, Theology, Mansfield, Oxford

Donald Eastwood, French & Latin, Pembroke, Cambridge Alice Faulkner, Natural Sciences, Selwyn, Cambridge Jonathan Mather, French & Modern Greek (ab initio), Girton, Cambridge Simon Mills, French & Spanish, Fitzwilliam, Cambridge Tom Quartley, Chinese, Churchill College, Cambridge

Since 1998, the following St Edward’s pupils have received and met their offers from Oxford and Cambridge colleges and from Ivy League Universities in America :

Richard Hegarty, Theology, Jesus, Cambridge

Daisy Andrewes, Russian & Spanish, Clare, Cambridge

Zecki Gerloff, PPE, Queen’s, Oxford

Gordon Carver, English, Trinity, Cambridge

Richard Merrick, Experimental Psychology, Oriel, Oxford

Michael Dixon, Philosophy, St John’s, Cambridge

Spencer Walker, History, University, Oxford

James Frith, Mathematics, Robinson, Cambridge

Rowena Birch, History, Pembroke, Cambridge

Kit McHenry, English, Pembroke, Cambridge

Catherine David, French & Russian (ab initio), Trinity, Cambridge

Tristan Powlett Smith, Engineering, St John’s, Cambridge

Laura Draper, Chinese, Gonville & Caius, Cambridge

Nicholas David, Literae Humaniores, Balliol, Oxford

Simon Fox, French & German (ab initio), Gonville & Caius, Cambridge

Nicholas Gill, English, Lincoln, Oxford

Kathryn Hamilton, English, Clare, Cambridge

Pontus Lurcock, Mathematics & Computation, Worcester, Oxford

Harry Joll, History, Corpus Christi, Cambridge

Abigail Parry, Chemistry, Hertford, Oxford

Charles Rome, Mathematics, Trinity Hall, Cambridge

Shahila Pillai, Archaeology & Anthropology, Keble, Oxford

Peter Siepmann, Computer Science, Sidney Sussex, Cambridge

James Turner, English, Pembroke, Oxford

Aparajita Basu, English, Trinity, Oxford

Ben Walker, Music, St Anne’s, Oxford

Katherin Brewer, PPP, Wadham, Oxford

Mayank Girdhar, Engineering, Downing, Cambridge

Nicholas Davey, French & Latin, Trinity, Oxford

Paul Hailey, French & Arabic (ab initio), Pembroke, Cambridge

Joseph MacFarlane, Physics & Philosophy, Balliol, Oxford

Simon Shaw, French & Italian (ab initio), Christ’s, Cambridge

Mark Shawyer, Classics, Balliol, Oxford

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Alex Walker, Social and Political Science, Downing, Cambridge Edward Adrian-Vallance, Arabic, Pembroke, Oxford


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Thomas Waterfield, Mathematics, Wadham, Oxford

Ivan Chen, Medicine, Trinity, Oxford

Bethany Wood, History, Magdalen, Oxford

Dan Hudson, Biochemistry, Oriel, Oxford

Sarah Brocklehurst, English, New Hall, Cambridge

Shoji Maeno, Engineering Science, Trinity, Oxford

Sophie de Rivaz, French & Spanish (ab initio), Gonville & Caius, Cambridge

Maylin Oppenheimer, Medicine, Keble, Oxford

Michael Dobbin, Economics, Peterhouse, Cambridge

Rupert Parker, Chemistry, Christ Church, Oxford

Douglas Heller, Natural Sciences, Trinity Hall, Cambridge

Rebecca Cowell, Chinese, Trinity, Cambridge

Flora Joll, English, King’s, Cambridge

Patrick Jones, Theology, Trinity, Cambridge

Edward Mather, French & Italian (ab initio), St John’s, Cambridge

Elizabeth Northcote-Green, Music, St John’s, Cambridge

Elizabeth Yarrow, Social & Political Science, St John’s, Cambridge

Jessica Touschek, English, Gonville & Caius, Cambridge

Cosmo Feilding Mellen, Classics, Balliol, Oxford

James Binning, Architecture, Selwyn, Cambridge

William Hadman, Japanese, Pembroke, Oxford

Ben Battcock, Geography, Worcester, Oxford

Eileen Lin, PPE, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford

Sarah Baggs, Geography, St John’s, Cambridge

Sarah Pantcheff, Music, Christ Church, Oxford

Ione Braddick, Architecture, Robinson, Cambridge

Henry Adams, Natural Sciences, St Edmund’s, Cambridge

Miles Galloway, French & Arabic, Trinity, Cambridge

Beatrice Heller, Natural Sciences, Newnham, Cambridge

Edmund Irwin-Singer, Music + choral scholarship, Trinity, Cambridge

Jenny Hill, English, St John’s, Cambridge

Andrew MacFarlane, Music + choral scholarship, Trinity, Cambridge

Andrew Stevenson, French & German (ab initio), St Catharine’s, Cambridge

Edward Stephenson, History, St Catharine’s, Cambridge

Timothy Wait, Natural Sciences, Emmanuel, Cambridge

Kenneth Collings, Fine Art, St Anne’s, Oxford

Jemima Boardman, Engineering, St Hilda’s, Oxford

Sammy Jay, English, Christ Church, Oxford

Alexander Bramble, French & History, Hertford, Oxford

Chloë North, Biological Sciences, Queen’s, Oxford

Daniel Chambers, Music + organ scholarship, Worcester, Oxford

David Oppenheimer, Engineering, Brasenose, Oxford

Emily Dimmock, Law, Pembroke, Oxford

Callum West, Chemistry, New, Oxford

Ruth Jones, French & Spanish, Worcester, Oxford

Austen Carpenter, Natural Sciences (Biological), Peterhouse, Cambridge

David Lambourn, Economics, Princeton University

Sam Smith, Natural Sciences (Physical), Emmanuel, Cambridge

Gabriel Stargardter, English, St John’s, Oxford

Nigel Muñoz, History, Harvard University

William Stevens, Materials, Economics & Management, St Edmund Hall, Oxford

Leo Bradshaw, Geography, Christ Church, Oxford

George Kitovitz, Chinese, Harvard University

Louis Chartres, Archaeology & Anthropology, Jesus, Cambridge

Robert Bartlett, French & Spanish, Christ’s, Cambridge

Clemmy Pleming, English, St John’s, Cambridge

Matthew Bramble, French & Italian, Gonville & Caius, Cambridge

Phillip Fletcher, Engineering & Applied Science, Columbia University

Martin Cheetham, Natural Sciences (Physical), Trinity, Cambridge

Ben Abdoo, History, Exeter, Oxford

Jonathan Cripps, Law, Homerton, Cambridge

Edward Coats, Classics, Christ’s, Cambridge

James Diggle, History + choral scholarship, St John’s, Cambridge

Olivia Davies, Law + choral scholarship, St Peter’s, Oxford

Alanna Hume, French & Spanish, Trinity. Cambridge

Jasper Joyce, Geography, Robinson, Cambridge

Nathan Lawrence, Medicine, Clare, Cambridge

Imogen Mansfield, Natural Sciences (Biological), Trinity Hall, Cambridge

Matthew Wincott, Natural Sciences (Physical), Fitzwilliam, Cambridge

Carlos Posada, Music, Pembroke, Oxford

Pan Pan Wong, Natural Sciences (Physical), New Hall, Cambridge

Joe Withers Green, Medicine, Churchill, Cambridge

Megan Baddeley, Literae Humaniores, Balliol, Oxford

Olivia Vaughan-Fowler, Philosophy, Fitzwilliam, Cambridge

Sam Baker, Music + organ scholarship, Pembroke, Oxford

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CCF Once again, record numbers have stayed on in the CCF beyond the 4th Form this year and the calendar of events has continued to fill up with the usual field weekends, Remembrance Sunday parades, Air Experience Flights and shooting afternoons, as well as many new trips and events including many cadets and officers attending adventure training, personal development and leadership courses. We were inspected this year by Surgeon Rear Admiral Lionel J Jarvis, Assistant Chief Defence Staff (Health) and he presented the Contingent awards to: WO2 George SIMON (Sword of Honour), PO Max NARULA (Sultan Trophy), C/Sgt Edward LEA (Wakeling Stick), Flt/Sgt Alex ING (Hopes Award) and L/Cpl Sam MACDONALDSMITH (CADRE Trophy). The Wade Trophy was awarded to Ed Lea this year for his outstanding contribution to CCF, DofE, BTEC Award and Community Service.

The CCf Navy Year This year the Navy section went on two field weekends and attended a “Meet the Marines” day. The first weekend in September comprised a day at Shotover Woods and a day canoeing along the River Thames from Newbridge back to the boathouse. The cadets, under the leadership of NCOs Max Narula, Greg Chilson and Robin Atkins, orienteered around the woods, learned how to build a basha, and the art of camouflage and concealment (hiding themselves from the NCOs). They also learnt how to survive on a ration pack for 24 hours, especially enjoying the tubes of Marmite and Yorkie bars (not for civvies). In the evening, the cadets played capture the “flag” (glowstick) in the dark, putting their newly learned skills to the test. On the second day, they launched the open canoes at Newbridge, the site of the one of the oldest bridges across the Thames. After a little instruction, the cadets set off to paddle the 25 miles back to school, passing through

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the relatively remote and rural countryside, past Farmoor reservoir and looping around Wytham woods, with only one person capsizing (caused by a stowaway spider). The second field trip in March took us up to the Waterside Lodge activity centre at Southport. The cadets learnt to sail and canoe on the lake and how to cook for each other in the evening, as the lodge was self-catering. On the way home we stopped off at Manchester to take part in a high ropes course. Also in March, a select group attended a “Meet the Marines” day, hosted by highly trained commandos who gave the group a taste of their training. They were taught some unarmed combat skills, participated in command tasks and steered a powered RIB around the lake. They also took part in a paintball battle and were given a talk and demonstration of some of the weapons currently being used in Afghanistan. The day ended with a superb display of unarmed combat given by the commandos themselves.


CFF

CCf army

Battle for the high seas

Preparing burger buns

The CCF Army Section has had an outstanding year with many successes, enjoyable experiences and lots of lessons learnt. As Shells last year, the highlight of our first year in the CCF was the Adventure Training trip based at Capel Curig Training Camp in Snowdonia in 2010. As well as mountaineering, coasteering, kayaking, climbing and mountain biking we were introduced to military skills and given a taste of what the CCF is like. Activities ranged from setting up military bashers, the ‘trim trail’ and trying the delights of the 24 hour ration packs for the first time. In September 2010, the Fourth Formers that chose to stay in the Army Section were allocated their platoons. After collecting their combat 95’s and polishing their boots for the first time, we were thrown straight into activities which included the obstacle course, low and high ropes, first aid and radios and lots of weapons training and shooting in the indoor range. For the first field weekend of this academic year the 4th form trained at Minely Manor, and carried out an ‘escape and evasion’ night exercise, which was the highlight of the weekend. We were hunted down in pitch darkness by NCOs and staff with rifles and torches. Once again, we engaged in a number of military activities throughout our stay. Being our first visit

to a military training area, it was a new and exciting experience. In March we went to Longmoor for the 2nd major camp of the year and shot the cadet rifle on a 25 metre barrack range, as well as on a 100 and 200 metre ETR (Electronic Target Range). We also managed to successfully ambush the Fifth Form Cadre in the middle of the night. (The Fifth Formers conducted their ‘Cadre Camp’ at Longmoor at the same time as well but stayed two nights, rather than just one, and did a separate tactical exercise for the entire time.) We also did ‘fire and manoeuvre’ drills with paintball guns, went over the obstacle course in camp and did survival training with some of us staying out overnight in the shelters we built. The summer camp this year, held at Wathgill Army training barracks in North Yorkshire, was a good end to our training year. Open to all, we managed to field a small but competitive and competent group of cadets from the Lower Sixth, Fifth and Fourth Form. After a long drive on Saturday afternoon, the week’s training began with

Charlie Preston and Hugo Sumeray practising their moves

Ellen Lloyd and Immy Hamdan in a pico

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advanced infantry skills on Sunday, including patrolling, section attacks and battle drills. In the evening, we set out into the training area for a 24 hour exercise, in which we acted as the opposing force against the much larger Ellesmere College CCF. Our objective was to keep them from advancing North until reinforcements arrived. On our night patrol, we were ambushed; however we successfully withdrew with just Major Shindler and, sadly, Miss Rose as our only casualties. We then followed the enemy back towards the location of their harbour area. After deciding that their force was far too large to assault, we patrolled back to our harbour area and slept for the night under our bashas which are made by hanging small tarpaulins just off the ground in the trees. In the morning, we patrolled in the direction of the enemy harbour area and set up an ambush in an ideally situated location, high on a hill, to destroy the enemy platoon. We waited, well-hidden for nearly two hours, and finally pulled off the ambush successfully, destroying a force three times our size after fighting back two counter-attacks on our position. On Tuesday, we went to a centre that had high ropes and a huge assault course (the

one used for the recent series of ‘Krypton Factor’). In the evening we shot on a DCCT (electronic/laser simulation range). This was in training for our activities on the range the next day. First thing on Wednesday, we went out to the ETR with our GP Rifles, then on to the 12 bore shotgun shoot with clay pigeons. We were also the only Fourth Form students to shoot the Light Support Weapon, a fully automatic assault rifle. The next day we learnt how to lead command tasks successfully and competed against Ellesmere on four tasks set up by Sheffield OTC. Members of the fourth form got to lead everyone else on these and brought our team to victory, four-nil. In the afternoon we did an orienteering course in the pouring rain and that Evening we went over the military obstacle course on camp which had much bigger and harder obstacles than ours at school. On our last day, we went to a nearby water sports centre and took part in team building canoeing, kayaking and raft building activities as well as archery, climbing and volleyball. Overall, it was a fun week and a great way to end the year. End of Year Report by L/Cpl Jamie D’Alton and L/Cpl Fin Kettlewell (4th Form)

Canoeing

It will hold together

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CCF RAF 2010-11 With a healthy number of 48 cadets, 6 cadre and 5 Senior NCOs, the RAF Section has continued to provide a wide range of activities both inside and outside school. It is our aim that during the year our cadets will visit an RAF Station at least once, opportunities to fly the Grob Tutor down at RAF Benson continue to be offered twice a term and our Field Weekends are designed to stimulate, to inform and to entertain.

Autumn Field Weekend: September 2010 Three weeks after joining the CCF, the Fourth Form were already setting off on their first 36-hour Field Weekend. The RAF Section left early on the Sunday morning for Hillingdon Outdoor Activity Centre (HOAC) where the four flights spent the day developing their teamwork skills; the range of tasks was designed to test both mind and body and included a nightline to be negotiated in blindfolds, a low ropes and caving course and the ever popular river crossing (which never fails to entertain as a small number of cadets inevitably fall in). That evening two night exercises of code cracking and bomb disposal in the woods were interspersed with a barbecue before the overnight rain set in. Monday brought with it a very early start as the Section headed to RAF Halton where we spent the morning with the Motivational Outreach Team and visiting the recently renovated First World War Trench Museum. Here cadets were given an insight into the mechanics of trench warfare; it was at RAF Halton that the army were trained before heading out to the Western Front. For the final part of the Weekend cadets were given an opportunity to practise their orienteering skills in Black Park. Some high scores were achieved but the overall winners were Bader B and Banks B; congratulations to them and our thanks also go to the NCOs and the Fifth Form Cadre.

Spring Field Weekend: March 2011 Flt Sgt Ing describes our second Field Weekend later in the year: To give our cadets some background to the history of the 20th century and of the RAF in particular, our second Field Weekend of the year was split between two locations. On the Sunday we visited the Imperial War Museum in London. The cadets had a wide choice of displays to explore and two of the most popular were the Holocaust Exhibition and a more recent addition, ‘Extraordinary Heroes’, presenting the world’s largest collection of Victoria Crosses. On Monday we returned to RAF Brize Norton, the largest and busiest RAF station

in the country and which, as a result of the closure of RAF Lyneham, continues to expand. There are three different aircraft currently in use here: the C-17, VC-10 and the Lockheed Tristar. We where privileged enough to visit the C-17, which is a transporter aircraft and the Tristar which is a multirole passenger jet and air tanker. Whilst on board these aircraft we not only met the pilots but also the load masters and ground crew. Another highlight for many was visiting the Dog Section. This was in a secluded part of the airfield, where they showed us various different types of dogs and their uses (including sniffing for drugs). In the afternoon half of us then went to Air Traffic Control and the other half went to the Fire Section. As we soon discovered, ATC is both vital and extremely complicated! At the Fire Section we were given the opportunity to use the various machines and fire-fighting equipment available to them. Overall, the trip was a fantastic experience and we gained a real insight into the day-to-day life of an active RAF station. As ever, we are very grateful to the RAF for their support, in particular to Sgt Ray Cooper, Test SNCO for the CCF (RAF) West 1 area, who visits St Edward’s on a fortnightly basis to provide training and support. We would also like to thank our NCOs for their commitment to the CCF at a busy time in their school career. Not only do they benefit from the opportunities to develop their own leadership skills but the experience of taking responsibility for a group of Fourth Form cadets is also invaluable. We thank them, in particular Alex Ing and Max Holder for their 4 years of service, and also the members of staff who willingly give up their time to support the cadets. We were delighted to present Alex Ing with the Hopes Award at Inspection Day.

River crossing activity at HOAC

Jamie Machin flying at RAF Benson.

Low ropes at Hillingdon Outdoor Activity Centre

SNCOs: Flt Sgt Alex Ing, Flt Sgt Max Holder NCOs: Sgt William Foster, Sgt Sam Parkinson, Sgt Jake Mitson Cadre: JCpl George Burt, JCpl Ruairi O’Hara, JCpl Niko Rayner, JCpl Charlie Roberts, JCpl Ali Sullivan, JCpl Ollie Yeatman Officers: Flt Lt N Coram-Wright, Flt Lt J Baker, Flt Lt J Young, Miss Pollard

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CCF Prizes 2011 Sword of Honour – George Simon (F) Sultan Trophy (Navy) – Max Narula (A) Wakeling Stick (Army) – Ed Lea (H) Hopes Award (RAF) – Alex Ing (C) Best 5th Form (new award) – Sam Macdonald-Smith (H) They received their awards at Inspection Day on 9th May which parents were invited to attend. They had all worked extremely hard for the CCF and were well-deserving of praise! Many congratulations to the following members of the CCF who completed their BTEC Level 2 in Public Services with Distinction: Patrick Hinton (July 2010) Max Holder (July 2010) Alex Ing (Oct 2010) Ed Lea (Jan 2011) Stephen MacFarlane (Aug 2010) Max Narula (Jul 2010) George Simon (Aug 2010)

Patrick Hinton, right, with fellow A Level pupil Stephen MacFarlane

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Bronze D of E 2011 On 9th-10th June, 22 Shells completed their Bronze DofE in the sunny Oxfordshire countryside. There were many memorable moments that took place during the expedition; these included some difficult times but also some funny ones too. One of the difficult times was when we found ourselves off the edge of the map. When this happened there were mixed emotions in the group: some people found this amusing, and others thought we would never reach the camp site! But once the group found its way back on track (after two hours) we enjoyed the rest of our journey. We all agree that the best moments of the journey were the breaks when we sat down and enjoyed our energising snacks. All the groups made their way to the end of the route happily and I know for sure that I had a great time on Bronze D of E. Thank you to all the teachers (Miss Buchan, Dr Davis, Mr Jolley, Mr Snell, Mrs Shindler and Mr Summers) who were involved on the expedition and supported us with their kind and helpful advice. Daisy Ditcham

Spongebob

Smurfs photo taken by Charlotte Findlay

Morf wonders which way to go next. Photo taken by Sasha Holland

Incredibles photo taken by Horatio Holloway Smurfs

Morfe

Spongebob

Incredibles

Dina Nagapetyants

Sasha Holland

Will Anthony-Jones

James Bunce

Hermione Redford

Jemima Lyon

James Buxton

Sam Hamilton-Peach

Daisy Ditcham

Megan Neville

Thomas Hayes

James Holdsworth

Susanna Flory

Bethany Reed

Dan Moore

Horatio Holloway

Charlotte Findlay

Lottie Burr

Oscar Von Hannover

Albert Mitchell

Molly Healy

Frederick Williams

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Silver DofE Canoeing Expedition 26th – 28th June 2011 The last week of the summer term presented the perfect conditions for eight Fourth Form pupils to complete their Silver DofE Expedition on the River Wye. Due to the recent dry conditions the team were fully anticipating having to complete a significant portion of the 100km journey on foot, with the added burden of having to tow their canoes through water less than a few centimetres deep. Thankfully the team arrived in Glasbury the evening before the expedition to find that two days of heavy rain in the Welsh mountains had raised river levels and that the Wye was flowing at a considerable speed. This, coupled with 3 days of glorious sunshine, ensured that paddling was easy and the team were able to raft up and drift down the river for much of the journey whilst completing their aim of investigating wildlife. The staff on the trip were particularly impressed with the effective manner in which the group stowed their kit in camp (making full use of nearby trees) and with the efficient teamwork shown throughout the trip.

Pupils involved: Tristan Benfield

Olivia Deslandes

Simon Burns

Charles Preston

Tom Cutbill

Emma Preston

Flora Cameron-Watts

Theo Smith

‘On yer Bike’ Mountain Biking has finally featured on the DoE programme and this May saw the first Silver Practice Expedition across the Cotswolds. Starting in Cranham near Gloucester on the Friday night the group cycled back into Oxford on the Sunday. Friday saw plenty of camp-craft and torrential rain. The group were shown how to set up the bikes and basic repairs. Saturday saw the first of many hill climbs to head up towards Birdlip in the pouring rain. Soon the green lanes arrived and the sun came out. The group practised group cycling, navigation and emergency procedures. They were shown how to tow each other which proved useful on the Sunday when they broke a chain. On Saturday they arrived at Bourton on the Water and the onset of more rain enhanced the camping experience. Carrying two days’ worth of food and equipment on Mountain Bikes across muddy bridleways, tracks and roads for over 60 miles was a tiring experience. Nevertheless, the group worked well together and are all now ready for an assessment on Exmoor.

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Canoe Expedition on the River Severn 8 – 12 June, 2011 The St Edward’s Gold Duke of Edinburgh canoe team completed a distance of over 140km on the River Severn for this year’s qualifying expedition. Although the school has paddled sections of the Severn in the past, it was the first time the entire navigable length of the Severn and down to Stourport had been paddled, a route including the scenic gorge of Apley Forge. Under the leadership of Alex Burns (E), the team dealt skilfully with conditions which were not always favourable: some headwinds were experienced, there were some sudden, torrential downpours and the river was unusually shallow, exposing rocks in places not identified in any of the guidebooks. Three of the four nights were passed in “wild” camps along the riverside, and, with very few other river-users in evidence, the team had very little outside human contact apart from tourists taking their photograph in Ironbridge and Shrewsbury. The assessor was very complimentary of the team’s boatmanship—and also their high spirits. His principal advice for future expeditions was directed in particular at Sam Parkinson (A) and Ruairi Keeley (C): “it is usually best to shoot a rapid forwards…”

The team spotted from the Shrewsbury toll bridge

The team on meander below Leighton

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School Trips ‘Never say goodbye’: an indian journal This is the journal of Harriet Coker, a student of St Edward’s who, with her friend Polly Mainds, spent time at a school in India. Beautifully written, it tells the story of the making of batik art, while gradually falling in love with a country and its people. It is both sad and beautiful. Here, we publish the first few days of Harriet and Polly’s time in India, but you can read it all on our web site and find out about gun shots, freezing showers from a bucket, swearing in Hindi, waking up at 5.00 a.m. for yoga, forgetting ones ‘dignity’, Latin and its connection to Sanskrit, why you can’t photograph inside a temple, the offence of eating peanuts, revision of Jane Eyre, dangerous driving, thieving monkeys, sleeping on the beach, being rescued, elephants, dancing with boys and secret birthday parties in the night. But most of all, read about the power of friendship. This is a very moving and wonderfully well written account of a young woman’s experience of another country.

Sunday 27th March 2011

Monday 28th March

As the eight hour flight to Delhi was drawing to a close and people were starting to wake up, the atmosphere was buzzing. Polly and I had got on the Air India plane at Heathrow at 9.30pm and had hardly slept a wink. Once we had touched down, collected our suitcases and changed our travellers’ cheques into Rupees (as you can’t buy Rupees outside of India) we met our host family, the Chadhas. The two Indian girls who are doing the exchange are Yagya Chadha and Arshi Singh. Polly and I are staying with Yagya’s family for a week and then for the 2½ weeks after that will be staying at Yagya and Arshi’s school, north east of Delhi, in Dehradun, called Welham Girls’ School. The girls told us that they had not applied for the exchange. At Welham Girls’ School, the best students from each house are put forward by their teachers and House Mistresses, then the decision is made and the two winning girls are presented with the opportunity. They can accept or turn it down. Luckily for us, both girls accepted, as they were the two nicest girls we’d ever met. The heat was bearable, about 32°C and we were soon on our way back to the Chadhas’ house. In the car Arshi and Yagya asked us what came into our minds when we thought of India. Polly came up with Indian markets and the Taj Mahal; I came up with ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. That evening, the four of us sat together, talked and had yellow squashed rice, pulses and roti (flat bread) followed by long grain rice pudding with almonds and raisins. What I found interesting is the fact that Indians do not use knives at all. They use either spoons and forks or hands.

We started today with spicy cauliflower pancakes and butter for breakfast and then drove to the Indian Embassy in Delhi to organise the visas for the Indian girls. Mrs Chadha, Polly and I waited for around three hours for them but our jetlag meant that Polly and I kept falling asleep. The rest of the afternoon was spent going around markets and Mrs Chadha was a great haggler. She brought all the prices down with her steadfast look; the salesman had no chance! Having got some amazing deals we headed towards the India Gate which commemorates all those Indian soldiers who died in France, Flanders and even in Mesopotamia. In the centre of it, guarded by soldiers, there is an eternal flame that burns in a small beacon and truly exemplifies the respect India has for its fallen soldiers. The family then took us to an incredible red and yellow Hindu Temple called Birla Mandir. Inside there was a huge amount of relief sculpture of all the gods and full-sized decorated statues, including one where an elephant was sitting on a mouse! This, I found out, is Ganesha, the God of success who rides on a mouse. Alarmingly, there were hundreds of Swastikas on the temple and incorporated into the decoration of the temple. It turns out that Swastikas bring good fortune in Eastern countries and that it is a sign of perfection and power. The President’s house in Delhi is flanked by impressive government buildings, and the actual house itself is huge with even the bushes being cut into elephant shapes. Having ogled at that, we spent the rest of the evening making our way through colourful markets accompanied by incense and the smell of humanity. The lights and colours were dazzling. Supper was vegetable and rice pulses, roti, squashed pumpkin and eggplant.

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Tuesday 29th March It was a 3½ hour journey to Agra, famously known for the Taj Mahal. It is so iconic and the white marble boiling hot in the 35°C heat. The polychromy of the stone on the exterior is intricate and beautiful, and inside the Taj it was cool but still ornate. However, Polly and I found ourselves being stared at a lot and people were asking us to be in their photos as well as taking photos of us without us realising. We didn’t know whether to feel like celebrities or aliens! We did the obvious tourist thing and had pictures taken of us pretending to hold the Taj with one hand. Did you know that Agra is also famous for its leather? English leather boots of the best standard would cost more than £100; at the shop we visited, the boots cost about £10. Over supper, consisting of rice, pulses, cabbage and orange syrup cakes, known as Temple treats, Mr Chadha told Polly and I about the Indian economy. Apparently 70% of the money made in India is made on the black market so taxes aren’t paid. If these people paid their taxes, India would be beyond rich, seeing as there are so many people in India!


sCHool tRips

Wednesday 30th March

Friday 1st April

One thing I have noticed about living with the Chadhas is that every night there is a man who goes around from 10pm until the early hours of the morning blowing a whistle. I later found out from Yagya that in the complex they live in, the night watchman reassures everyone that they are safe by keeping them up all night! As Mr and Mrs Chadha were out at work, we had a henna artist come to the house and cover our hands and wrists in the most incredible patterns including peacocks and checker boxes. The mixture is literally just ground up henna leaves and water which is then put into an icing type syringe. To let it fully sink into the skin, Polly and I sat for five hours solid not moving our hands at all. We also had to apply lemon sugar water onto the dried henna to ensure the result was even darker. Once the five hours was up, the henna was like cement and we had to use mustard oil and a knife to scrape it off. Mrs Chadha told us that an Indian bride, the night before her wedding, would have henna patterns all up her arms and legs and sleep in a very uncomfortable position, making sure it wouldn’t come off and ruin the bed sheets, waiting for it to dry and go black. We experienced our first proper power cut in a South Indian restaurant that evening where we had the most amazingly spicy vegetable pancakes and savoury donuts which we dipped in sauces, including one with coconut and mint. After a meal in a restaurant in the UK, we might be given mint imperials. In India, they are given very refreshing green aniseed seeds and little transparent sugar shards, which do actually give you very fresh breath. Today was the India versus Pakistan cricket semi-final, so Mr Chadha was attached to the radio or TV, and when India thrashed Pakistan we had a mini street party with fireworks and huge sparklers.

I have to say, today was one of the most enjoyable days out Polly and I have had yet. Mr Chadha took us to his office in the centre of Delhi where he is the Director at Apex Medical Systems which sells to such companies as Philips. In his office we met one of his colleagues who told us about Hinduism. There are individual gods and each area of India has thousands of local gods, meaning that overall India has billions of gods. There is an emphasis on respecting nature as everything has a soul. There are four main gods: Brahma, the god of Creation, Vishnu, the god of liveliness with Shiva and Mahisha, the gods of completeness and death. In India, close family friends are called auntie and uncle by the children. We met Arshi’s “auntie” and “uncle” who showed us many more things in Delhi. Being an art student, I wanted to go to the Delhi Art Gallery. What struck me was how many beautiful oil paintings there were of large and middle aged English women staring out sternly and with obvious superiority and disgust. They stuck out like a sore thumb surrounded by the most incredibly gaudy and bright Indian paintings. We then visited the National Museum of India, as Polly wanted to gather up some information on British Imperialism for her Extended Essay. From there, we walked around the Lotus Temple which is astonishing as it is a massive white building in the shape of a lotus flower that seems to be opening out into full bloom, its function being a meeting place for any religion. I was not allowed to take photos inside, but when we did enter it was very tranquil and cool with curved benches making about 10 circles of seating. People were swimming in the 4 bright blue pools, which were on either side of the temple, to cool off, or sitting on the patches of luscious grass being enveloped by the colourful flowers. It was blissful. However, people were staring at us rather unnervingly... To continue reading the full diary go to www.stedwards.oxon.sch.uk

Thursday 31st March Polly and I actually did some revision today. I read Jane Eyre while she read some History. After tea, Yagya’s granny got out all her saris for us to see – she has hundreds! Polly and I chose the ones we liked the look of most and then she helped us put them on; it takes a lot of patience and skill to put on a sari. After that, Yagya, Arshi, Polly and I went to the shops on a rickshaw, which is one of the most uncomfortable things I have ever been on. The four of us were squished onto a tiny cab with the poor little man peddling on his bike as hard as he could! It caused a lot of hilarity, though. The family took us food shopping in the early evening and I bought tea and spices for my family. We had chicken, poppadoms (or pappad, as they call them), roti and carrots mixed with peas for supper.

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Russia History Department iGCSE Trip to Russia February 2011

and to moscow The first impression of Russia for everyone on the trip was just how cold it really was. During our time in Moscow, it managed to reach a lowest temperature of -22 degrees. I doubt that any could say that they weren’t freezing at some point during the trip. On our first night in Moscow we visited Red Square where we would later see the body of Lenin. The first day in Russia we spent walking around the city, looking at various sites and getting to know our whereabouts. We stopped at the Novodevichy Convent and Cemetery where we saw the inspiration for Swan Lake and the tower which once held a rebellious Tsarina. During our trip, we had several bad experiences with the food, so when we were given free time, we spent most of it in fast food restaurants or walking around small markets bargaining for souvenirs. On our second day we visited the Kremlin, which is one of the political centres of Russia and was home to past Communist leaders and Tsars of Russia. It had extraordinary buildings and the chapels inside were amazingly decorated with paintings and mosaics from floor to ceiling. That night we moved on to St Petersburg on the night train. For our first experience of Russia, Moscow was a brilliant start. Our tour guide, Tatiana, was excellent at explaining the significance of the sites that we saw, and the importance of the events that took place there.

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and then onwards to St petersburg Having enjoyed our time in Moscow, the journey to St Petersburg began at 11:00pm. We boarded the famous overnight express train to discover that our compartments (built to accommodate two people) were no bigger than a shoebox. This led to a memorable, yet rather sleepless, night! The first thing which I noticed about St Petersburg was its landscape: it is considerably less built up and there are fewer towering blocks of flats than seemed to dominate Moscow’s skyline. The first day was spent having a guided tour of the city by bus, getting on and off to take pictures of

the famous monuments. We returned to our hotel feeling very weary, yet excited to find ourselves in another vibrant city. On the second day, we visited the Winter Palace, one of the most spectacular buildings in the country. The three story palace was home to Russia’s Tsars from the years 1732 to 1917, including the notorious Nicholas II, who plays a big part in our iGCSE course. To put this building’s vastness into context, it has 1,057 lavishly decorated rooms and over 1,700 doors. Now a museum, it boasts just under three million exhibits from around the world, including some impressive Ancient Egyptian artefacts and a fantastic collection of paintings. On the next day, our tour’s main event was visiting the battle ship, Aurora. She not only fought in the highly publicised Russo-Japanese war, but played a crucial role in beginning the October Revolution in 1917. This ship fired the famous blank shot that signalled the beginning of the Communist Revolution and therefore was one of the most important icons in Russia’s extensive history. We were lucky enough to see the empty shell of the cannon, as well as the actual gun which fired the shot. The rest of the time was spent touring round the city, visiting places such as the St Peter and St Paul fortress and St Isaac’s Cathedral. The trip ended with a traditional Russian dance show, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Many thanks to the History Department, including Jonathan Lambe, Peter Rudge, Elizabeth Boast and Nicola Hunter, for organizing and leading such a fantastic trip. Megan Brittan and Ronnie Bulford


School trips

Snowdonia 2011 “Sheep. Midges. Rain. Wet. Awesome.”

“Is that Snowdonia? It doesn’t have any snow on it.” Cameron Harris “Far, far away, in the middle of nowhere, a military camp awaited in Wales! The camping was fun but we got woken up by rain. We did big treks up mountains and lots of water activities. The activity that stood out for me was coasteering. We jumped off sides of cliffs and watched the teachers jump off the biggest! It was a new experience and a good introduction to CCF. I think the whole Shell year enjoyed it!” Beth Reed “I fell off a gorge; it hurt a lot! But at least it is now named in my honour. ‘Cursed be he who dares to pass Buxton Bridge’” James Buxton “Adrenaline packed.” George Dobson “Best bit was finally getting to the top of Snowdon.” George Hopkins “It was definitely an interesting trip. Personally I had a few problems with the cold and midges, but actually that was the whole point of the trip. It has also given me the opportunity and the thrill of climbing a mountain from the bottom to the top, which was magic!” Giovanni De Vido “Packed full of action and adventure with plenty of midges thrown in.” Hugo McCarthy

“Mountain biking was the worst experience. Turning the pedals as fast as you can going uphill most of the time. Going downhill you don’t realise how strong the brakes are so you fly over the handlebars into the mud. Face down. Coasteering was one of the best moments. In the afternoon the weather was quite bad, but it made the jump more thrilling as you couldn’t see where you were jumping into. I’ve made a lot of new friendships with people in my groups and I’m glad that the School gives us the opportunity to go to Snowdonia.” Anya Goncharenko

“The best thing that happened to me in Snowdonia was getting to the top of Tryfan. It was such an accomplishment because it was so long, steep and very hard. Knowing I had done it and when I’d finished and got to the bottom and looked up seeing how high I’d climbed...that was such a good feeling.” Meg Johnson “Friendships grew every minute.” Sasha Isaacs “It was Wales, so it was cold and/or wet at all times, but I loved every moment of it!

“The main memory is Rev Kerr’s story about the goat and the girlfriend.”

The best bits: appreciating beds after two nights in tents, downhill biking, coasteering, top of Tryfan.

“The leaking of my tent was one of the odd moments...” Sam Gillingham

“Climbing Tryfan with the girls singing to keep us entertained.” Max Adcock

Worst bits… waking up to find 50 midges in your tent and being v cold.” Tacita McCoy-Parkhill

“No one in this camp will go hungry.”

“Freezing tents, legions of midges, everything wet, flying off the cliffs into the sea, gliding on waves in kayaks and riding bikes. Snowdonia in a sentence.” Peter D

“Mrs Shindler, we are starving.” “Here, have this Penguin bar.” “Do you have any wipes?” Bart Pawley “The most exciting bit was coasteering and mountain biking. Some of the activities are quite dangerous and scary, like Tryfan, but it’s a brilliant experience.” Michael Tsang

“We had to cook our own food using kit for the CCF. It was terrible, despite our best efforts.” David PaniselloManterola

“My time in Snowdonia was tragic: the one night I had to stay in a tent I was absolutely freezing. It was one of the worst experiences I have ever had in all my life. It was non-stop raining with strong breezes of ice cold wind. I actually thought I was going to catch hypothermia, yet although the weather got us all down we still managed to have a bearable time, and smile.” Milly Collins

“Climbing Tryfan was the most terrifying experience of my life.” Molly Healy

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Chapel a Broad Church and a Deep faith

he year past has been a very encouraging one within the Chapel life of the school. It has seen the arrival of a new Chaplain in the person of the Revd Tom Shaw who came from a Baptist Church in Bradford, and it has seen the installation and flourishing of six terrific Head Sacristans throughout the year, alongside the wonderful team of sacristans who do so much to help on a weekly basis. Our vision of Chapel worship and the Christian Faith throughout the year has been to create a place of encounter for the whole school: a place where individuals can encounter themselves, each other and a space where each person can encounter the living God. A chapel, however, is not a church, nor a chaplaincy a denomination. It seems increasingly important to me that in trying to facilitate such encounters with self, others and God, we recognise the wonderful diversity of the church and the inspiring richness of expressions of faith which exist in our community and our world. It seems to me that a true appreciation of this not only allows space for encounters to take place for individuals, but it also expresses the truth that God is so much greater that any single attempt to define or acknowledge him. God, by his very nature, defies easy classification. Our worship this year has hopefully expressed the breadth of approaches that can be adopted in worshipping our God, but also I hope the depth, beauty and mystery of the God we love. The new year began with its usual welcome services for all new pupils. This is such an important expression of the part faith plays in our school community. The first thing a pupil does on arriving at the school is enter Chapel; the last thing he or she will do normally is attend the Leavers’ Service, expressing the truth that God is there underpinning, grounding the whole educational experience of the young person. The Shells then have their night away at Youlberry just before the first Leave Weekend and a shared outdoor candlelit Compline takes place in the woods. It is always

such a moving experience to bring this new group together at a time when they are so expectant and fragile and to remind them of God’s provision and care. The service of Compline is one that is growing in fascination for me; it is believed to be around 1500 years old from the time of St Benedict, if not before, and it uses a combination of psalms, biblical texts, responses and prayers to reassure the congregation of God’s protection at night and to pray for his peace in sleep. We have a weekly Compline at school here on a Thursday night; we sing ancient chants to Gregorian Plainsong and we regularly have between 10 and 20 attending. Some come for the space, some for the prayer and worship, some because they are struggling in some way or a relative is ill. It is always a holy space and a place of grace. We use it sometimes on a Sunday evening as the principle act of worship, as pupils return to school for the start of the week. I am always slightly surprised by the amount of positive feedback that such an ancient service generates. It seems young people increasingly are seeking for, and responding to, invitations to peace and stillness and depth; the more superficial, instant and immediate our world becomes, the more they seem to need ‘The peace of God which passes all understanding.’ As a result of this growing appreciation of the need for holy space, increasingly pupils were coming up to me and asking if they could lead Compline. ‘Of course’ I said ‘I would be delighted’. Practically, though, there are not enough services for pupils to develop the rhythm of the service, so we began as our Lenten discipline to see if we could initiate a daily prayer every morning and evening of the week led by the pupils. This was a great success with small numbers of pupils meeting each day to lead prayer for themselves, the school and the world, following a simple liturgy from the Northumbrian Community. It wasn’t seamless – some struggled with the morning shift more than others – but these services were very touching, and carried on

The first thing a pupil does on arriving at the school is enter Chapel; the last thing he or she will do normally is attend the Leavers’ Service, expressing the truth that God is there underpinning, grounding the whole educational experience of the young person. Left: Sculpture presented to St Edward’s by Nicholas Mynheer Photo: Naveed Barakzai

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for the most part into the summer term. It is my fervent hope and prayer that this rhythm of prayer may become even more deeply established as next year progresses. It is so touching and powerful to hear pupils praying for each other’s requests that have been left on the prayer board at the back of Chapel. There is so much more I could tell you about in Chapel life, so I will just give a few quick snapshots of the rest of the year: a Café Chapel with hot chocolate in the Dining Room, considering where we draw our strength from, with worship choruses led by guitar; a Harvest Festival where our contributions went to the local Community Food Bank and in which Field House processed their trolleys of food up the aisle; a Sunday Evensong Service which was completely led by the pupils – the pupils conducted the choir and ‘The Revd’ Katie Austen officiated whilst Clio Chartres preached a subtle and inspiring sermon; a Santa Service for Advent which contemplated service, laughter and tears as we prepared to run around the school grounds for Helen and Douglas House (children’s and young people’s hospices here in Oxford); the usual round of Carol services with ethereal and stunning music. In the Lent Term we had another ‘Chapel in the North Wall’ accompanied by the band of St Aldate’s and our Gospel Choir, and with Nurse Sarah preaching a wonderful and challenging sermon. We had the first of our Confirmation services with 30 confirmands adopting their baptismal vows for themselves and our usual retreat at Charney Manor with Steve Warner, a youth worker from Luton. The Summer Term saw our second Confirmation Service, mostly for Shells and another twenty pupils stepped forward in an act of faith. We also had our Chapel in the Quad (or God in the Quad as it is now known!) which was outdoors and blessed by idyllic weather, as we contemplated Rogation Day and asked God to bless the different areas of our community life. Interspersed among all this variety is the weekly rhythm of Morning Prayer each week for the school which concentrated on Religious Stereotypes in the Michaelmas Term, Life Trajectories in the Lent Term and The Language of Hope in the Summer Term. Sundays alternated between traditional high church Eucharist and a more informal low church communion, with the odd Evensong and Compline thrown in for good measure. The emphasis on depth which I have mentioned and the thirst for peace was all aptly summarised for me in the wonderful gift of a sculpture by Nicholas Mynheer. It resides in the porch, welcoming, in a liminal area, all those who enter this holy place, and it points to the foundation stone of the Chapel which invites the pilgrim into a deep place of peace, hope and security with the words “In loco isto dabo pacem” (In this place I will give peace). This is what we are trying to offer here within the Chaplaincy of St Edward’s.

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guess I was scared of speaking today for two reasons – both of which are a direct result of stereotypes. Firstly, the very reason I was asked, I suspect, was someone hoping that I might exhibit some of the talent that my dad seems to have for speaking from the pulpit, being a clergyman, and on that note I guess you’ll decide whether I fit that stereotype! The other was the stereotype of a clergyman’s daughter and I think by that people are expecting something godly and well-informed; so once more, you can decide! I was rather mortified to be asked in my first month at my old school to join the group “Vicars’ Daughters Rule” on Facebook. My dad does work in the church, thus I was eligible for such an invitation; but I didn’t accept it willingly. There were a number of vicars’ children at my school and, indeed, all were identifiable by the common stereotype: their strangely neat hair, earnest expressions, lack of profanity use and horrible chunky knitwear. Do not doubt that they were very kind, and shared a lot of the same views on life as I did. Yet I dreaded our terrible weekly meetings held next to the milk machine in the school café (things could not have gotten any purer!), where they made jokes about being members of the church and their mums cycling off to deliver some cake or well-meaning advice to some poor person, and spoke in a horrified tone about the ways of the teenagers at our school… then they’d turn to me for my wholesome anecdotes of parish life and all I could think of was something wildly unsuitable that I’d found very funny…so I stayed silent. True: I like baking cakes and I rarely swear – although the latter, as I explained to a friend recently, is more because I forget to or it never occurs to me, rather than because I have a moral issue with it! I am strangely optimistic: I do love this earth, I love people. I don’t care what teenagers are supposed to do. But I’m not like them. There are so many things in me that make me feel repelled by those neat-haired earnest knitwear girls. I’m not neat, I by no means attempt to be perfect – I’m the messiest, clumsiest person I’ve ever met. I can’t always believe in God though I always am jealous of those who can. I don’t follow every strict guideline of the Church – I want to do things my own way. After all, religion is not about rules and “don’ts”. Jesus didn’t order people – he told stories and asked questions. God gave us life not because he had to but because he wanted to, and that’s why religion can be so transforming – it is a freedom to exercise our own God-given judgement and appreciate life because it is a gift. Once we get past the common misconception that since my dad is a priest he can’t have children (wrong area of Christianity), then people start to assume that my family’s really religious in a certain way. I can assure them that my mum definitely isn’t cycling to parishioners to deliver cakes; instead, she’s busy coming up with an action plan of what to do if the police discover that we’ve kept snakes illegally for years – one of which has recently escaped (don’t worry; it has been located, though you are all sworn to secrecy.) She always reminds us that she made two promises to herself when she was young – one of which was to never marry a man in the church and the other of which was to never marry a man with a beard:

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I’m afraid to say that my dad is the biggest-bearded churchman I’ve ever met! But that was part of my mum discovering the fallacies of her stereotype (that bearded clergy don’t make good husbands!). We don’t watch Songs of Praise and no, my dad did not think that Harry Potter was inappropriate –my parents have never taught me to doubt the Big Bang theory and I dislike Richard Dawkins entirely on my own account. The church is, and always will be, a massive part of my life. It provides my house and my dad’s income and my beliefs, and many of the people I meet are related to religion in some way. I will always feel safe with organised religion, always respect the Church for the amount that it does in every community all over the world. I am glad that the chunky-knits are showcased on those earnest souls because they too make me feel safe and I do understand where they’re coming from. But on the contrary, as to the idea that my dad’s job makes me hang out with church folk and closets me from the way normal people lead their lives... in fact, I think that I’ve seen the way the rich, the poor, the irreligious and the intensely religious, the mad and the strangely sensible live their lives. In what other profession do you come across convicts and royalty alike? I like to think that, though religion is integral to my life, it does not define me or my family. I guess I’ve looked at the specific stereotype of church families, but, counting myself as an individual Christian, I hope that you can broaden that to Christians as a whole. I don’t believe in God because of what my parents told me. I love those earnest girls not because they are like me but because sometimes I think I should be more like them. I love people because of what I see in them and draw from that the conclusion that there is a God, rather than loving people because they’re God’s people. Upon asking some friends what they’d say to define me, they said ‘happy.’ And I am. I am very happy. And I realised that at this stage you may account that to my vicar’s daughter upbringing. But it is not naivety or privilege, as some imagine: having hoards of very distressed people come to my door at home for help and having attended a rough comprehensive in London for most of my secondary education cured that. No, I have always had people being helped and lives being transformed right on my doorstep. In the same way, I visited Africa this summer and met people who were so very poor and yet so full of joy – unlike us westerners, who so often have everything to live with and nothing to live for, they had nothing to live with but everything to live for because of their faith. As Ewan Macgregor so wisely told us in Moulin Rouge: “the greatest thing there ever was is to love and be loved.” And I see that everywhere. The heart of religion for me is LOVE. DEUTERONOMY: Moses “choose life!” Knowing that life is a gift from God transforms the experience of life to optimism and being a yea-sayer. So, whilst, I’m sure I would have been fairly jolly anywhere – the Church and God justified my happiness and made it sustainable and, I think, you’ll see that in most Christians; they are often, after all, as a wise man once said: “the distilled wisdom of generations”. That is a largely accurate stereotype.

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HEaD SaCRiSTaNS 2010/11 Katie Austen Charlie Harnden Emily Marshall Max Narula Harry Stansfield Ed Strong

I hope you will forgive me for starting with something rather mundane and prosaic, but my wife and I have a problem which is causing us a great deal of stress. We are currently sharing our home with an untold number of moths. These little monsters have taken up residence in every nook and cranny of our home, behind sofas and chest of drawers, under beds and in cupboards. What is worse, they seem to have an enormous libido because they breed with amazing determination and velocity. But worst of all, they have a huge appetite and have been merrily eating their way through any number of stored garments from suits and jackets to ball gowns and even shoes. Most sadly of all, they have recently found some family heirlooms; one of the most precious of these was my late Father’s wee kilt and scout beret with all its badges on. My Father loved scouting as a young lad growing up in the Highlands of Scotland, and this love of the outdoors was something which he then passed on to me. Sadly, a few months ago I found that the moths had discovered this treasure and had devoured it greedily. These items probably wouldn’t mean much to the casual observer – just a few old bits of cloth – but they meant the world to me as a way of remembering my beloved Dad. Interestingly though, I have come to terms with this loss and have actually found it to be quite a positive experience. Losing the material and physical object has helped me to realise that the real treasures are not the objects that have been lost themselves, but the stories my Father shared with me of growing up in the mountains and the passion he passed on to me. This is a treasure ‘no moth or rust can destroy.’ “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal,” says Jesus. Essentially you could distil this wisdom into a phrase like: “invest in those things which last, not those which perish”. I imagine we are not alone in having a Loo Library, a selection of books of different genres which live in the WC. One of ours is the Sixty Minute Dad – everything you need to know about being a better Father. The only thing I remember from this slim volume is the question: “I wonder whether, when you retire, you will say to yourself ‘I wish I’d spent more time in the office’, or ‘I wish I’d spent more time with the kids and family’?” Which is the real treasure – our family or our careers? What really lasts?


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It seems to me, the things that really last are the deep things of life, the timeless things, the things that can’t be counted, quantified or owned: friendship, love, inspiration, hope, commitment, faith...

And that’s a question that I think each of our leavers should address for themselves. What will last from your time here at St Edward’s, what will really matter, ultimately? The gatings won’t matter, neither will the prep detentions or getting a Saturday night (sorry TAJ – nothing personal).The hours spent lost in completing a new level of Call of Duty won’t matter, I shouldn’t think. The clothes and jewellery won’t matter in a couple of years. In fact, they’ll probably make you cringe. A lot of the lessons won’t matter – I can barely remember a dozen specific lessons from 14 years of schooling, though I’m applying the principles learnt in these lessons on a daily basis, of course. The letters on your exam certificates will quickly fade into insignificance, though they will of course have secured various future trajectories in life. What will be the real treasure, then? It might not be a specific memory at all; it might be just a feeling that you get. A wise friend once told me, “You rarely remember what you ate at a dinner party, but you do remember whether you were well-fed.”You might remember the thrill you get as you walk onto a stage or into a concert hall, the camaraderie of being part of a team, a first furtive kiss. It might be a memory of shared silence and support in a candlelit Compline or the feeling of selfless love, warmth and encouragement you found in a member of staff. It seems to me, the things that really last are the deep things of life, the timeless things, the things that can’t be counted, quantified or owned: friendship, love, inspiration, hope, commitment, faith... They

are not the things that shout their loud advice, but the things that are caught fleetingly, winking from the shadows... I wonder if you noticed as you entered the Chapel a new sculpture floating in the porch? It has been very kindly given to the school by Nicholas Mynheer, father of Reuben and Gabriel, in gratitude for all the school has given the two boys. It is an angel standing guard and symbolising God‘s protection over all those who enter and leave this holy place and, by association, this school. One hand is raised to the shoulder in an intimate and reassuring touch; the other, palm open in the manner of welcome and invitation, is pointing to the ground – or so it would seem. On closer inspection, however, it becomes apparent that the angel is pointing to the Foundation stone of the Chapel laid in 1873, almost 140 years ago. On it are written the words, “in loco isto dabo pacem”: in this place I will give peace. But if you wish to find this treasure, this foundation to life, this foundation stone, you must get down on your hands and knees and poke around. God rarely raises his voice, he rarely shouts to be heard. He asks instead to be listened for. Most of you will have begun your time here at St Edward’s right here in this place in Chapel at a Welcome Service. The last formal thing you will do as a pupil here at St Edward’s will be to attend this leavers’ service. As T S Eliot says in ‘Little Gidding’, We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time. Our beginnings so often augur our endings, and our endings are so often an echo of our beginnings. The reason your school career begins and ends in Chapel is to remind you that God is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end of all. God is not just a stream from which we drink in life but the spring of all water. The Christian faith invites us to see God not as one aspect of life amongst many, not as another dish on the smorgasbord of life, but as the very foundation and source of all life, in all its splendour and wonder. The contention, the passion, the belief of all those who originally founded this school is that faith is the greatest treasure, the treasure which nothing can destroy, the foundation that will not crumble, and which will see you through every circumstance of life, whatever it might one day hurl at you. I wish I could tell each of you that you will charm and dance your way through life without difficulty, but hard times will come, if they haven’t already, storms will rage. But the invitation of faith is an invitation to security and freedom, an invitation for each one of you to be found in the foundation stone of Christ. But God will not force you; you must search for these deep places for yourselves. So my prayer for each and everyone of you is that you might treasure all that has been good and worthy of your time here at St Edward’s, and that you might continue to seek the treasure that lasts unto eternal life, the real treasure that moth and rust cannot destroy.

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Events ‘Burmese Days’ Over the course of this academic year (2010-2011), four IB students have travelled on a remarkable creative journey. Goose Charlton, Molly Piggott, Chantelle Dunn and Claudia Day all undertook the Theatre Arts course as part of the International Baccalaureate qualification. As the value of the IB continues to be weighed by teachers and students, this project serves as an example of the breadth of study the IB can offer. The Independent Project is one major component of the Theatre Arts course. The project itself is seen as a culmination of the course and the brief is that they must create a performance that centres on a particular style of theatre, and that it can be on any subject. So where to start? First, we agreed to attempt to create ‘theatre for change’ – a piece of theatre which informs and affects an audience. I told the girls of my previous experience with a theatre company in the North of Thailand who use theatre-making as a means of conflict resolution between different ethnic groups and villages. I told them of my own experiences visiting and performing with the children of a displaced Burmese village. The IB girls were instantly fired by the subject. They were clear that the Burmese story would be the centre of their performance. The challenge was to find enough material around which to build their performance. The process provided a series of fascinating encounters. We discovered that we are uniquely placed in Oxford to meet some of the Burmese Diaspora. The research process, so integral to the IB course, was a fluid one: thanks to Mike Stanfield we were introduced to Vicky Bowman, a former British Ambassador to Burma, and her husband Htein Lin, a Burmese artist still living in exile who kindly agreed to meet the girls. The students interviewed the couple and gained a very real insight into life under the Burmese junta. Vicky Bowman gave the girls a vivid depiction of a westerner living and working within Burma, whilst Htein Lin told the story of his unlawful arrest and nine years’ imprisonment, and described his experiences of practising art inside jail and beyond. Whilst an inmate of the notorious ‘Insein Prison’ he made his paintings using mud, old shirts serving as canvas and his bare hands. Exhibitions would be held within the prisoners’ cells for which they would dress up as best they could. His stories of using Art as a means of transcending his given circumstances were deeply moving. 42  |  St Edward’s Chronicle 2010/11

dance and he managed to get the entire auditorium up on their feet and dancing – even members of the Common Room were seen showing their moves. A remarkable character, he too was interviewed by the girls and added his experiences to their research material.

A student’s response to Ben Hammond’s talk:

“Whilst in jail, what did practising your art mean to you?” Htein Lin: “The most important thing is that inside your mind, you’re free. Your inner freedom is very important. Although in prison, I didn’t feel not free – it was a really surprising experience for me. I was clear about why I was there – I had publicly disagreed with the government’s policies. So in prison, I kept myself very busy; if you’re busy you cannot feel really down. My art stopped me feeling down. Freedom is on the inside.” Vicky and Htein then introduced us to Ben Hammond, a charity worker and motivational speaker. He visited the school’s Amnesty group and spoke about his experiences on the Burmese border, his charity (www.learnburma.org) and his attempt to break a world record in order to raise funds for it (www.freetodance.com). Ben was such an impressive speaker that he was invited back to speak to the wider school community later in the year. This time his talk culminated in a ‘Flashmob’

“I think Ben was extremely inspirational. His personal response and his strong beliefs about what is happening in Burma was really impressive and I felt that his passion really came through; his presentation inspired me to learn more about Burma and has really helped me understand their situation better. I want to get involved with his charity in the future as well as do something about it myself.” The girls visited the Burmese Arts Festival in London where more contacts were made. Joshua, a journalist from the Democratic Voice of Burma, currently living in exile, agreed to come to St Edward’s and screen the fêted documentary ‘Burma VJ’. This film was nominated for an Oscar in 2009 and tells the story of Joshua and his colleague’s reportage during the 2007 crackdown of the ‘Saffron Revolution’. After the school’s Amnesty group watched this raw and compelling film, Joshua spoke to the audience and responded to their questions. He spoke with both directness and sophistication about incredible circumstances, and it was a humbling experience for all present. The process of research drew to a close and the girls were now in a position to create their work. They decided to create a mixed media presentation featuring different theatre practices, films and art installations and to make the work site specific to The North Wall. The event drew closer and the work, though idealistic, and with a real heart, appeared rather formless. Dean Chapman, another contact made along the way, had kindly offered to show his stunning photography ‘Burma: Darkness in the Golden Land’ and, thanks to Vicky, we had managed to gain Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi’s documentary ‘The Floating Tomatoes’ to screen. The performance date arrived and the girls were still rehearsing ten minutes before the audience entered. This rather manic approach was in the end an ally and added a real intensity to the performance. The North Wall Arts Centre was transformed: the films and photography were projected in the exhibition space, and the first floor featured an installation inspired by the graphic accounts of


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raided temples in ‘Burma VJ’. It was a representation of a deserted monk’s lodging, using props and photographs behind which was projected some of the Burma VJ footage detailing the actual atrocity. As the audience stepped over the broken bricks and glass, they were invited into the first part of the promenade performance. Chantelle Dunn had investigated the Indonesian practice of Wayang Kullit and set out to tell this century’s history of Burma as a piece of shadow puppetry. Staged in the Drama Studio it was a funny and touching performance that got the audience up to speed with the situation in Burma. The audience then moved to the Dance studio for Goose Charlton’s ‘story-telling theatre’. The entire studio had been shrouded with white muslin sheets to stunning effect. Buried amongst the sheets were lanterns, tea lights and even Aung San Sui Kyi’s beloved piano. The audience were invited to sit on the carpet and were told the story of Aung San Sui Kyi’s life set in Oxford and Burma. It is worth remembering that her son, Kim Aris, was a former member of Field House, 1991-2. From here the audience moved to the auditorium where Claudia Day produced a piece of ‘Verbatim’ theatre. Claudia had taken different sections of the interviews and interwoven them together. The audio footage was played whilst the interviewees were imitated by the girls who lipsynced to their voices. It has the effect of staging the subject’s words, and draws them into focus.

And finally Molly Piggott’s dance piece finished the event for which she had directed a group of students from other year groups. It was a piece of expressive

movement that was a response to the stories she had heard of the people of Burma. It symbolised the character of Aung San Sui Kyi teaching her people an effortless, repetitive and dignified movement set against the turmoil of Burmese politics. Molly took inspiration from the movement of the boatmen of Inle Lake. It was a visceral and captivating sequence that seemed to make complete sense after the information-sharing that had preceded it. And so the performance finished. The audience were moved and hugely appreciative. The event was a fundraiser and a substantial amount of money was raised for the children of a displaced Burmese hill tribe. But what of the girls’ marks for the project? This, after all, is the usual method of measuring academic success. It might strike hard to discover that they receive no marks for their actual performances. Instead they are marked on the accompanying portfolio document that depicts the whole process from start to finish – a 3000 word essay. Well, the essays were more difficult to extract than the performances but have been written with real enthusiasm about a subject that is of importance to the student. They will do well by them, but in the end they should have gained something far greater than ‘good marks’ from the process. They were driven to succeed by a collective responsibility, not just to their audience, but to their subject, to the real people with which their narrative was concerned. Simon Roche

The Debating Society Dinner May 2011 The biennial celebration of the School’s Senior Debating Society took place on 21st May this year, whereupon, at a quarter past seven, in the midst of exams, the Quad gave way to a host of the season’s debaters dressed in their finest drapery and eagerly anticipating the longawaited evening. After a short photo-shoot, the gathering, including the visiting guests, Mr Jonathan Mitchell, Mrs Hunter, Miss Pollard, Mr Barakzai and Mr McDonald, repaired to the MCR to enjoy a fine four course meal, prizes and numerous speeches, during which they pondered the motion that, “This House Would Remain Friends With Ex-s”. The debate hotly zigzagged down the table; with the opening proposition speech from Master of Debating, Mr Jonathan Lambe, and my own closing speech for the opposition, touching on envy, fidelity, nudity, lust and even murder. Despite the two appointed Masters of Ceremony perhaps making an inaccurate final decision (though half the guests are always bound to think that in these situations) the evening continued in even greater cheer. Before the happy company dispersed to their respective corners of the school and beyond, I gladly handed over the captaincy of the Society to Bella Ogston who, I have no doubt, will lead the society brilliantly and with great integrity in the year to come. Freddie Crossley (H) Captain of Debating 2010-2011 St Edward’s Chronicle 2010/11  |  43


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IB CAS Induction

GCSE Science Live

27th – 30th June 2011

The Science Department took the whole Fifth year group to the theatre. We did not go to see a play or ballet but a series of most entertaining lectures given by leading scientists. Some of our pupils managed to eat their lunch on the short coach journey to the centre of Oxford! After some not inconsiderable queuing we were all seated in the circle and awaited our first talk. The theatre filled up with teenagers from schools all over the area; there was not a spare seat to be had. The topics and speakers’ styles were varied. The first talk was given by Dr Kate Lancaster from the Rutherford Appleton laboratory on the use of high power lasers to generate fuel through nuclear fusion. However, the chemistry talk on the nature of chemical reactions was the most colourful of the day: Dr Andrea Sella from University College London mixed large flasks of colour changing reactions. He cleverly linked his demonstration to suggest explanations for how the Zebra gets its stripes. Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock from UCL likewise enthralled the audience, explaining how she had followed her dream and become a space scientist. She had a little helper, her daughter strapped to her side. Maggie’s infectious enthusiasm started many conversations amongst our girls: perhaps girls can do science and have babies! Two of the speakers, Professors Stephen Jones and Richard Dawkins, have also graced our doors here at St. Edward’s, thanks to Dr Williams’ Cafés. The final Lecture by Richard Dawkins was quiet, thoughtful and gave the audience time to consider. This inspired two young biologists to write about their take on the day (see next page). Mrs Lucy Baddeley, Biology

As an introduction to the IB Diploma, ten future IB pupils travelled to Caer Llan near Monmouth for four days of CAS related activities (Creativity, Action, Service). The trip began with an introduction to the English course at St. Edward’s before the group embarked on some teambuilding activities at the Head4Heights centre in the Cotswolds. Activities such as the ‘All aboard’ and ‘Stairway to heaven’ really helped to break the ice amongst the pupils and ensured the integration of current and new pupils. After an introduction to the CAS programme the group joined volunteers from the Wye Valley AONB for a day of conservation work. The group spent several hours clearing Himalayan Balsam (an invasive species) from woodland near Redbrook, helping to ensure the survival of endangered native species within the SSSI woodland. Miss Holmes then led the group in a day of creative activities, including a ‘Land Art’ project inspired by the work of Goldsworthy and sketching at the ancient site of Tintern Abbey on the border between England and Wales. The final challenge of the trip was to return to the school’s boat club for an introduction to canoeing on the River Thames before the pupils disembarked. The trip was a valuable opportunity to introduce two of the ‘core’ elements of the IB diploma (CAS and Theory of Knowledge), and was a very enjoyable way to end the school year.

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Tim Holland (Sing’s) I found the day out to be to be a very relaxing change from lessons. I felt that there was a good balance between Physics, Chemistry and Biology. I did, however, find some more interesting than others. For example, I thoroughly enjoyed the Chemist. I found that his visual displays were very interesting and kept me entertained for the entirety of the lecture. The most interesting, however, was obviously the main lecturer, Richard Dawkins. I very much liked the way he spoke and the way that he was clear and concise. He used many examples to show us how evolution was not simply a dramatic change in one generation, but a slow and dynamic process. The examples he used was evolution in action, five eyes which had gone through different stages of evolution. He started off saying that the human eye was a very sophisticated organ which has been adapted to humans. Some octopuses have got ‘half formed eyes’ which are currently in the middle of changing – the eye is a circle, but with a section missing to let light through. There were also many other different eyes, such as some which are light sensitive cells. Richard Dawkins is a man who has researched and developed the ideas of evolution, and is on the cutting edge of biological science. I felt it a privilege to have listened to him and to have heard

his point of view. I went into the lecture knowing that he was a strong atheist, but I found him to be more supportive of religion than I would have imagined. Despite this, his views on creationism were expressed very clearly and he provided a lot of evidence to prove his point that the creation in seven days is practically impossible. Despite it being much less interesting, the Chief Examiner’s lecture will certainly be very beneficial later on in June and July. He told us the key words which are vital in getting full marks in a question; misinterpreting the key words can be catastrophic and can be the difference between an A* and an A. Overall, the day was very beneficial and interesting. As I have already said, I enjoyed hearing Richard Dawkins speak to us in a serious way (unlike a few of the more patronising lectures!). He explained his point of view, and it was clear that he was an atheist. I admired the fact he did not put down religion – even though he may have wanted to! I also found the practices and demonstrations the Chemist did to be very interesting, and the analogies he made will be very beneficial later on when I come to revise. I would certainly recommend the trip for next year – the Chief Examiner was the least interesting but will be the most useful for any pupils doing GCSEs.

Morgan and Holland – science visit writers

Will Morgan (Sing’s) I found all of the lectures at the New Theatre very interesting, and as a result I have learned about new aspects of science, as well as learning about key ways of scoring the most marks possible in the GCSEs at the end of this year. Even though all of the scientists were very interesting to listen to, the person whom I admired the most, and who influenced me the most was Richard Dawkins. Richard Dawkins explained his views on evolution and the start of the universe in a very effective way. Although I do not entirely agree with his views on religion and the creation of the world, he manages to put across his views in a very convincing way, and makes evolution seem like the only theory of how we exist. He does, however, discard any other alternative view on the creation of the world and the existence of man, so many

people may see him as a very narrow minded man, with little respect for any other views; but you feel that you have to admire the fact he truly believes that there definitely is not a higher being who made us for a purpose. Dawkins used the example of a human eye to show how complex we are as living beings. He said because of the way the human eye works, and its complexity, many people would assume that it has been made for a purpose by a higher being. He said this is definitely not how the eye has been made, but that it has been made over time by evolution. He believes he can prove this by the way eyes looked many years ago. He says although he cannot explain how the eye has been made, it has not been made for any purpose and that it is just chance and evolution which have enabled it to work.

Dawkins certainly does not believe in creationism or religion at all. He believes in the theory of evolution, by Charles Darwin. He believes this because he feels there is enough evidence, due to things like fossils, that we as humans started off as just simple bacteria, when the world was first created. He then believes we went through a series of stages evolving from fish, to lizards to apes and then eventually humans. These theories are very logical about how we, as humans, and any other animal have been created. Overall I found Richard Dawkins to be a very influential speaker, and he has definitely made me question our existence: whether there really is a higher power, or if we have just been made by chance.

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Another superb year of music-making with some real milestones. In an attempt to keep our musicians challenged, and very visible in projects in the city or outside the confines of the school, it was great to have two major festival events – the Elgar Festival in school and the concert in Cadogan Hall – on which to pin the rest of the year’s activities. It was also the year of student-led music activity: not only were the Elgar festivities organised by one sixth former, but we also saw the emergence a new sixth form close harmony choir, founded and rehearsed by a group of Upper Sixth pupils, – and an evensong entirely led, conducted and sung by pupils. In addition there was the usual mixture of bands, orchestral and choral concerts, offering a wide variety of music and involving as many of the school as it’s possible to get on one stage! Thanks to one and all for a very creative and inspiring year. Alex Tester Ben Street, Head of School, playing Elgar’s Cello Concerto.

Music at St Edward’s: A Review of the Year 2010-2011 Lower School Musicians’ Recital

The Elgar Festival:

The Organ Recital and Film Evening

September 2010

November 2010

Sixth Form Musicians’ Recital

The thinking behind the Elgar Festival is reported elsewhere in this edition of the Chronicle; suffice to say that it is very unusual for a sixth form student to offer a business plan to a Director of Music, for setting up a major weekend festival at their school. Using links with the national Elgar Society, Oxford University, Royal Holloway University and with local musical societies, this was a very special weekend for George Parris (Upper Sixth, Cowell’s) and for the school as a whole. George has recently been awarded a Certificate of Merit from the national Elgar Society as a result of his promotion and hard-working enterprise in organising the festival.

Saturday evening’s events centred upon a major organ recital in Chapel, given by School Organist Gabs Damiani. His sensitive interpretation of the mighty Organ Sonata was preceded by a stylish account of the Vesper Voluntaries. It was lovely to see Gabs supported by a whole range of different parents, students and staff. All were then invited to the Old Library for drinks and a viewing of the 1960s Ken Russell BBC documentary on Elgar’s life and influences.

November 2010

Concert for Vale House November 2010 Once again, we started the year with three recitals which enabled our top music scholars to show their skills as soloists, and to join in chamber music and small choir items. There is a real variety at play here: this year, we heard everything from Bach to Britten, and from Einaudi to Nina Simone! For the third year in a row, the best performances were showcased in a concert in aid of Vale House, the local Alzheimer’s charity which we support. Here, the programme finished with a set of part songs by Elgar, sung by a student-led Chamber Choir – a taste for things to come later that month at the Elgar Festival.

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The Lectures We welcomed Paul Harper-Scott (Senior Lecturer, Royal Holloway, London) and Anthony Payne (wellknown composer and analyst of Elgar’s works, responsible for completing the sketches of Elgar Symphony no 3). Both lectured a packed gathering in the Old Library, dissecting what we know about Elgar’s style and how far we can trace his influences. George Parris also gave his Extended Project presentation: Elgar’s music can be thought to be truly “British” in tradition and character.

The Choral and Orchestral Concert There is no better way to end a weekend than a performance combining the forces of the School Chapel Choir, St Edward’s Singers, and St Edward’s Chamber and Symphony Orchestras. Ben Street (Head of School) gave a moving performance of the first movement of Elgar’s Cello Concerto, a work that had inspired him even from prep school days at Christ Church Cathedral School. The Chamber Orchestra gave an emotive account of the Serenade for Strings, the Symphony Orchestra a boisterous rendering of the Pomp and Circumstance March no 1, and the concert ended with St Edward’s Singers and Chapel Choir singing Elgar’s The Spirit of England, ably led by soloist Lisa Wilson.


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Remembrance Events at Wolvercote and Wytham November 2010 The Service of Remembrance took place on Sunday 14th November. Despite the cold and bleak weather, the School – along with the CCF – dutifully paraded in the Chapel Quad. The music was provided by the St. Edward’s Brass Ensemble who this year were situated by the War Memorial. The Service, led by the Chaplain, was most poignant. The Last Post and Reveille were played beautifully by Tom Bell and the Flowers of the Forest Lament was played by piper Cameron MacRitchie – both performances will remain clearly with all those who attended. Immediately after the School service, the Brass Ensemble, Pipes and Drums headed over to Wolvercote for their Service of Remembrance. Here the Pipes (Cameron MacRitchie, Hamish Atkinson and Richard Powell) and Drums (Peter Shannon, Freddie Moore and Jack Vincent) marched with the Parade up into Wolvercote and alongside the church. The outdoor service was led by Rev Mark Butcher with the St. Edward’s Brass Ensemble providing the music for the hymns and the March Past. The Ensemble was a credit to the school with everyone playing exceptionally well. The Last Post and Reveille was sounded by Reuben Mynheer and again this was performed to the highest of standards. The final service of the morning took place at Wytham and due to the weather changing from cold and bleak to cold, bleak and wet, this service was held in the Church. Here the Pipes and Drums played as the British Legion Colours were presented and the Brass Ensemble provided music for the hymns. This time the Last Post and Reveille was sounded by Hector Besant, who maintained the high level of playing. Cameron MacRichie once again stepped into the breach with another rendition of the Bag Pipe Lament. Everyone who took part was a great credit to the school and there have been many kind words from the communities of Wolvercote and Wytham expressing grateful thanks for the contribution made by the St Edward’s musicians.

The Jazz Concert

Pupil-led Evensong

November 2010

November 2010

The Jazz Concert is becoming established as the event where concert bands and jazz bands are seen for the first time in the year, offering the first output of new material, after only six weeks rehearsal! This year we moved this concert into the Dining Hall, where the audience enjoying the café atmosphere. It was a delight to see Richard Powell, the new Assistant Director of Music, on top form with the Concert Band, producing some very challenging yet successful pieces of music – a taste of things to come! The Big Band were energetic as ever, with three very strong arrangements including Weather Report’s Birdland, and we were able to see the new line-up within the Jazz Band and Modern Jazz Ensembles too. One of the most impressive numbers was the unveiling of a new sixth form Close Harmony Choir, rehearsed, led and conducted by sixth former Tom Bell, who entertained the audience with a rendition of Short People, originally arranged for the King’s Singers.

On Sunday 7th November pupils from the Upper 6th led our Sunday act of worship completely unaided. The evensong service was a rich tapestry of music, prayers and readings. Katie Austen (Upper 6th Corfe and Head Sacristan) became Rev Katie Austen for the day and led the service from the lectern. She was ably assisted by the other Head Sacristans, Ed Strong and Max Narula, who read, and Charlie Harnden and Emily Marshall who led the prayers. The choir were conducted skilfully by Tom Bell, George Parris and Maxine Mackintosh, offering canticles and anthems by Stanford, and Max also played The Organ Voluntary at the end. This was all topped off with a beautifully crafted, poignant and memorable sermon by Clio Chartres (Corfe, Upper Sixth) who continued our series on Christian stereotypes. It was such a success that a number of staff wondered whether they were now surplus to requirements!

Musical Theatre Oxford founded November 2010 One of St Edward’s singing teachers, who specialises in music theatre and preparation for singing on the stage, had real success in setting up a youth music theatre company in November, and several pupils from the school were involved in the launch recital. Nicola Harrison, through her group Musical Theatre Oxford, has been able to get students to explore repertoire in a whole range of different styles and scenarios, and this initial concert evening was held in the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building at St Hilda’s College. Accompanied by Director of Music Alex Tester, and by Oxford University fellow Guy Newbury, students sang a variety of solos and duets, culminating in a final ensemble number. Particularly impressive were Flossie Pugh and Yasmin Hass-Sinclair who offered two songs from Cabaret and Spring Awakening.

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Music at St Edward’s

Sacconi Quartet visit January 2011 St Edward’s was delighted to welcome the Sacconi Quartet to the North Wall on Wednesday 26th January to give an afternoon workshop to pupils and a public concert in the evening. The school’s string players and other keen musicians attended the enlightening workshop when the visitors explained some of the secrets of quartet playing and introduced the works to be performed in the evening. The Sacconi players proved themselves to be excellent communicators as well as brilliant performers. Talented sixth former, George Parris, brought along his own string quartet which he will be submitting for the BBC young composers’ competition. George was delighted when the visitors agreed to play his work! The evening concert was given to a full house and opened with a sensitively delivered performance of Suk’s miniature: Meditation on an Old Czech Hymn. Suk was a pupil of Dvorak’s and it was fascinating to then hear Dvorak’s famous quartet in F (‘The American’) which incorporates a number of spirituals heard by Dvorak on his American travels. The highlight for me was a scintillating performance of Beethoven’s 2nd Rasumovsky quartet: this is one of the greatest string quartets ever written and it was given a wonderful rendition enhancing the reputation of this extraordinary composition.

The Bands Concert February 2011 The bands concert took place on Sunday 6th February and included the Concert Band, Brass Band, Wind Band, Jazz Band, Big Band, Modern Jazz Ensemble, and Jazz soloists and singers. Rachel Adams, English teacher, provided the following review: Sunday night saw the return of the bands concert to the Hall, featuring a range of delights from brassy marches to contemporary jazz. Circular tables, arrayed with cheese and nibbles, created an informal and friendly ambience, which suited the performances from three separate stages and eased the transitions from one act to another. Indeed, the audience became very much a part of the performance, cheering soloists and clapping in rhythm, especially when led by the irrepressible Mr Powell! As ever, it was impressive to see the range of musical abilities, with some performers in three or four different groups, and solos on more than one instrument. More so, perhaps, this was a concert in which newer and nervous performers could learn to take the stage amidst their more experienced peers and before a warm crowd; improvements in technical ability and confidence were to be found in every section. Well done to the pupils for putting on such a slick and fullsounding display in the middle of a hectic term, and of course to their music teachers for leading, encouraging and inspiring as always.

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Cadogan Hall

The Cadogan Hall Concert March 2011 Musicians from St Edward’s travelled to London on Thursday 10 March, to perform a programme of French music at one of London’s most prestigious concert venues. Over 130 musicians performed on the stage of Cadogan Hall to a sizeable London audience of parents, friends and concert-going public. The programme revolved around a performance of the Fauré Requiem, combining the forces of St Edward’s Chapel Choir with prep school choristers from Hill House Prep and Newton Prep Schools. Accompanied by the English Chamber Orchestra, there was a real sense of occasion, with a memorable performance of the Pie Jesu from Hill House choir. The baritone soloist was George Parris (Upper Sixth) who gave the Offertorium and Libera Me the gravitas and yet sensitivity that the music requires. The Chapel Choir also performed the Cantique de Jean Racine with the ECO. The first half involved many of St Edward’s premier ensembles. The Chamber Orchestra performed a baroque suite by Charpentier, with an excellent awareness of early music styles, under the baton of Gabs Damiani. The Concert Band produced a fantastically full sound, with real direction within the playing of a march by Camille Saint-Saens. The Symphony Orchestra rounded off the half with two very different pieces: the beautiful Pavane by Fauré, and the energetic Prelude from Carmen by Bizet, conducted by Alex Tester. This was a wonderful evening of music in London, made possible largely by a generous benefactor. Many thanks to the ECO, the prep school choirs, and to the students for all of their hard work and musical energy.

Chamber Choir on Ash Wednesday March 2011 On Ash Wednesday, lessons were shortened in order to accommodate this important service and several hundred pupils and staff elected to attend the 12.30pm service. The congregation received the mark of the cross in ashes on their foreheads and later received communion. Psalm 51 (Miserere Mei) is especially associated with this day and the setting by Allegri, famous for its soaring high Cs, was traditionally sung in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. The music was closely guarded as it was considered to be too holy to release to the public but a young Mozart overcame the restrictions by writing out the music after attending a performance. Since then it has become one of the most popular a cappella items in the world. It is challenging to sing and two of our sopranos, Emily Higgins and Ella Phillips tackled the lofty lines with great skill and we hope to perform this exquisite music at future Ash Wednesday services.

Oxford Jazz Competition March 2011 Four sixth formers from St Edward’s impressed the professional judges, taking second place in Oxfordshire’s JazzFactor competition on Sunday 27th March. Held at SAE, the sound engineering college in Littlemore, South Oxford, this was an event which pitted the best trios and quartets from the schools around the county against each other, with 18 bands showcasing their playing of jazz standards and their improvisations. The quartet – Chantelle Dunn (vocals), Freddie Crossley (piano), Peter Shannon (drums) and Ben Street (bass) played a set of 2 songs in their 15 minutes of fame, having been coached


Music at St Edward’s

House singing Competition by Tim Dawes, one of the peripatetic jazz piano staff at St Edward’s. As part of their prize, they will play a gig at the Big Bang restaurant in Jericho.

House Singing Competition March 2011 There was a real excitement on the last night of term, as all eleven Houses fought to win the two rounds of the annual House Singing Competition. The standard was higher than ever, with some excellent performances in both the House Unison and the House Harmony rounds. The event was ably judged by Mr Jonathan Kingston, Director of Music at Bromsgrove, who found the task to award outright winners very difficult. The House Harmonies trophy was awarded to Sing’s, who produced an excellent 5-part version of Goodnight Sweetheart. Also commended were Cowell’s traditional barbershop My Evaline, Mac’s version of an Adele single, and Kendall’s inventive medley of dubstep and dance classics! The House Unison cup was awarded to Field House for their performance of The Cave by Mumford and Sons, closely contested by Oakthorpe, Mac’s and Corfe.

An Evening of Faure: St Edward’s Singers and Richard Powell/Gabs Damiani May 2011 On Sunday 15th May, the combined forces of the St Edward’s Singers, Orchestra and Chapel Choir under Neville Creed performed stunning renditions of Fauré’s much-loved Cantique de Jean Racine and the Requiem to a packed-out audience in St Michael’s Church, Summertown. The audience was treated to

beautifully poised baritone solos from sixth-former George Parris, the soaring, ethereal Pie Jesu from fifth-former Emily Higgins, and a regal programme of music for trumpet and organ given by Richard Powell and Gabriele Damiani. It is hoped that the church, with its warm acoustic and intimate space, will be home to more St Edward’s Singers concerts in the future, including an all-Vaughan Williams programme to be performed in October 2011. The concert raised nearly £500 for NHS hospital Boundary Brook House.

Visit to SAE Technology College April 2011 Fifteen students were able to have a day’s tours and workshops at SAE Technology College in Littlemore, Oxford. This college enables 18-25 year olds to do courses using the latest music and film technology resources in courses which prepare them directly for the industry. Students of all ages were taught the basics in camera handling, microphone preparation, sound engineering and film editing – all in a oneday whistlestop tour! We are hoping to continue our links with SAE as our numbers doing music technology increase.

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Gaudy Arts Festival The Upper Sixth Leavers’ Platform at St Peter’s College Chapel, Oxford June 2011 For the second year running, we celebrated the skills and dedication of our leaving Upper Sixth formers in a platform recital, this time at the beautiful chapel in St Peter’s College. There was a real sense of occasion, with some challenging pieces performed very successfully, and a huge variety of music was offered, with all styles and genres covered! Notable highlights included a movement from Widor Symphony no 6 on organ, trumpet movements by Haydn, Copland and Mozart, and songs by Elgar, Weill and Barber.

The Gaudy Concert and Gaudy Jazz: July 2011 This year’s Gaudy music was slightly restructured, with a shorter but more heavyweight concert on the Friday night, the usual upbeat improvisationbased jazz in the Dining Hall later that Friday, and some virtuosic ensemble music offered before speeches on Saturday. At the Friday concert, we celebrated three trumpeters’ commitment to music at St Edward’s with a performance of the Haydn Trumpet Concerto, accompanied by the School Symphony Orchestra. Tom Bell, Reuben Mynheer and Hector Besant gave controlled and engaging performances of one movement each – confident and musical throughout. The Concert Band produced an amazing vibrant sound, in conjunction with bagpipers (including leavers Cameron MacRitchie, Hamish Atkinson and the Warden), performing Gabriel’s Oboe and Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor. The Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Choir combined for a delightful account of Monteverdi Beatus vir, and the Chapel Choir and Festival Orchestra combined for Parry’s stirring I was glad. On Saturday, there were performances from the Brass Group and the Sixth Form Close Harmony Choir, playing and singing to the massed audience in the Marquee.

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school play

Our Country’s Good – The School Play ‘Our Country’s Good’ is fast becoming a classic dramatic text of our time. It has long been a part of any A level Drama student’s staple diet and for good reason – it is an important work. It tells the true story of the first play produced in Australia in its earliest days as a penal colony and charts the course of a theatre company of convicts staging it. It is a moving and affirmative tribute to the transcendental power of theatre and it swings a banner championing the role of the Arts within a society – prescient timing then as our government’s cuts begin to damage the UK’s Arts. The play first grew from the fertile ground at the Royal Court in 1992 when under Max Stafford Clarke’s direction, and was produced in collaboration with its writer, Timberlake Wertenbaker. It was developed out of workshops and at its inception was a unique project, one in which director, actor, writer, and dramaturg are given equal footing. I wonder how he would have fared staging a production of it within the constraints of a full St Edward’s timetable? “Half of my cast is in chains, Sir. / That is a difficulty, but it can be overcome.” And so – to Lucy Maycock’s production in the North Wall Theatre. Well, a depiction of its opening sequence should give an indication of its quality. As the audience take their seats they are sitting opposite each other, between them is a broad sandy traverse and at either end suggestions of an aboriginal landscape. The red sand set against the brick of the North Wall gives an earthy texture to the design. Above is a huge blue silk sheet pulled taut which suggests the vastness of the Australian skyline. The play opens with the characters’ descriptions of their voyage out – a nine month ordeal that serves as a vicious backdrop to their attempts at civility. We hear their speeches as audio footage whilst a stark white miniature fleet of ships is flown in from the rafters, beautifully framed against the blue backdrop and then lowered to

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the floor to be caught by the waiting aborigines below. We are reminded of this first fleet to Australia being a bizarre solution to a country’s problems, and its scaling down brings into focus the immense journey before them. It is a captivating sequence that resonates throughout the production. But every directorial vision needs its practical realisation. A nod here must be made to the accompanying musical score produced by ex-pupils, Carlos Posada and Jamie Jay. It was part live rendition and part digital wizardry and managed the delicate balance of being evocative without being distracting. A mention must also be made of the sumptuous lighting design. It appropriately suggested the hues and heat of the outback and was no doubt agonised over by Clive Stevenson and his team. The cast was up to the high production standards, and one must also bear in mind the added difficulty of doubled parts. Firstly the boys; Farbod Akhlagi had perhaps the quickest costume change and went from convict to Governor Phillip in but a few seconds. He showed great control in his performance of a measured authority figure. Ralph Clarke, played by Hugh Coles, is a difficult part to pin down and Hugh

seemed a very real embodiment of directorial anxiety mixed with self aggrandisement. Tom Mitchell gave a captivating portrayal of Arscott and Major Ross and seemed to have a real sense of their inner workings. Lawrence Ellis’ mellifluous tones set Sideway apart, and allowed me to see the role in a completely new light. Kit Loyd had the measure of Ketch and his accent, and he lent the role a necessary sensitivity. Seb Clifford Jones’s Harry was meaningful and breathed life into an important subplot. And so to the girls – “our future Woffingtons, Siddons”. Goose Charlton gave a very strong performance as Dabby, and managed to convey a real sense of the character’s journey. Chantelle Dunn’s performance as Liz was invested with passion and deeply moving. Mary Brenham was sensitively played by Ellie Johnson, whilst Olivia Page’s Duckling had the pluck and courage to face up to Harry’s psychotic behaviour, and Emily Marshall’s turn as ‘Shitty Meg’ was – well – suitably abhorrent. There were a multitude of other convicts, officers, aborigines and ‘scrub ridden’ vermin besides, and those were just in the audience. But really what sets this production apart, and I think its greatest achievement, was its real sense of ‘Ensemble’ – a word much jockeyed around in theatreland and one that any worthy drama student should be able to define. Each member of the company had their bit to do, no matter how large or small, and they worked collaboratively as a group towards a common goal. This methodology has resonances right through a school, and one can often remember these kinds of achievements for a very long time afterwards. Set against a burgeoning calendar it is becoming increasingly difficult for a school play to flourish as once it did, and a play such as this reminds us that it mustn’t be neglected. “Put the play on, don’t put it on, it won’t change the shape of the universe. / But it could change the nature of our little society”. For the students who were cast and sentenced to a term of hard drama, it must have been a privilege to have been a part of this magnificent production. Simon Roche


school play

The Clearing Autumn Term Lower School Play 2010

“Intense” was the word that echoed around the North Wall foyer after a Lower School performance of Helen Edmundson’s “The Clearing”, directed by Rebecca Davies. As ever, in the short amount of time available, the Drama department managed to pull off an amazingly effective production with a clever use of sound, lighting and props. The lilting Irish accents drifted the audience into the heart of 16th century Ireland, exploring the problems caused by the civil war and the whereabouts of loyalty in those who faced Cromwell’s wrath. The close understanding that the cast needed of their own, as well as each other’s characters, in such an intimate space, was achieved with apparent ease as they intricately weaved the multiple plots towards an overall seamless production. The gripping performance captured its spectators with its powerful atmosphere, sending a ripple of praise around parents, staff and students alike. All the technical support was done by 4th and 5th formers, too. The idea was that students should be involved as much as possible. While Rebecca Davies directed, the student crew, under the guidance of Natalie Grant was: Lighting Design: Miles Fisher Lighting Operator: Dom Baker Sound Operator: Antonia Webb Stage Management: Charlie Preston

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EVENTS

Earthquake!! A dirty basement in the Physics department of SES does not seem the obvious place to study world events, but that is exactly what has been occurring over the last two years using the St Edward’s seismometer. Buried in the basement to try to reduce vehicle noise, the seismometer is incredibly sensitive and can pick up vibrations from all over the World. Earthquakes ring the Earth like a bell and shake the Earth in 3 dimensions. With the right equipment you can pick up the vibration 1000’s of miles away. The ground velocity of the Earth due to earthquakes is normally tiny: even a large, distant earthquake only causes ground movements of around 1mm per second, but our equipment registers them all. The seismometer cost nearly £3000 and was paid for by a generous donation from the Wolfson Foundation and the parents of an OSE. It has three sensors, one in each orientation. These pick up vibrations as small as 0.000 001 mm/s.

Three types of waves travel through or around the World: P Waves (Primary Waves), which are like sound vibrations; S Waves (Secondary [transverse] Waves) through the Earth, and Surface waves (which are like water waves) shaking the Earth’s crust, sometimes for many hours after a big event. Some of the seismic highlights over the last 2 years include the 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile (27 February 2010) and the 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan (11 March 2011). (Such large quakes normally occur only once in a decade but there have been two such events within the last year.) Earthquakes are measured using the Richter Scale. An increase of one on the scale is an increase in 30 x the Energy released. Many of these Earthquakes have led to hardship, fatalities and humanitarian disasters. Some (including the M8.9 Japanese earthquake on 11 March 2011) cause huge tsunamis that add to devastation or cause devastation 1000’s of miles away.

Although we have picked up hundreds of Earthquakes, here are some of the highlights. L’Aquila, Italy – April 2009: magnitude 6.3 Haiti – January 2010: magnitude 7.0 Chile – February 2010: magnitude 8.8 plus many strong aftershocks Christchurch, New Zealand – February 2011: magnitude 6.3 Honshu, Japan – March 2011: magnitude 8.9 plus many strong foreshocks and aftershocks

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Maths 2010-2011

Maths Challenge

Maths continues to be one of the most popular subjects at A-level, showing how much our students recognise the importance of a post-16 mathematics qualification. We have some very talented mathematicians in the school and we should particularly celebrate the success of Emma Cheng, Jimmy Lam, Tommaso Pappagallo, Josie Williams, Toby Pleming and Ovez Ayatev. Jimmy has taken his IGCSE, Additional Maths and Core 1 and 2 A-level exams in the Fourth Form; Tommaso has taken eight A level modules in the Fifth Form; Emma (Shells), Toby (Fifth Form) and Josie (Fifth Form) achieved gold certificates in Intermediate Maths Challenge and qualified for the European Kangaroo Paper – Toby went on to achieve a merit in this exam; and Ovez, in Lower Sixth, qualified for the Olympiad paper through his outstanding performance in the Senior Maths Challenge. Other students achieving a gold award in the Intermediate Maths Challenge were Frank Zhang, Anna Shroder, Tommaso Pappagallo and Ollie Oakley in Fifth Form, Tom Cutbill in the Fourth Form and Mikhail Yakovlev in Shells. In the Senior event, gold certificates were also awarded to Mint Konuntakiet and Beer Kawatkul. The IB students took advantage of our proximity to Oxford by attending a very wellreceived lecture by Robin Wilson called “Alice in Numberland” exploring Lewis Carroll’s work in his day job as a professor of Mathematics. Carroll was particularly interested in logic, as might be

Competitive Mathematics may sound like an odd idea for a sport, but over 600,000 pupils from 4000 schools took part in the UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) Maths Challenge events last year. The UKMT is a registered charity whose aim is to advance the mathematical education of children and young people. Every year, it organizes three individual challenges at Junior (11-13), Intermediate (14-16) and Senior (sixth form) level, as well as Intermediate and Senior Team Challenges. High performers qualify for further Olympiad rounds, or the European ‘Kangaroo’ papers. Gold, silver and bronze certificates are awarded to the best performers in each school – a gold certificate puts the recipient in the top 5% of mathematicians nationally. Here at St Edward’s we enter students for the Intermediate and Senior Individual Challenges, and we host one of the regional rounds for the Senior Team Challenge. The Team Challenge is a big event, with 25 teams (four students each) competing for a place in the next round. Separate from the UKMT, we also host the Oxfordshire Junior Team Maths Challenge. Around 40 primary and prep schools from all over Oxfordshire take part, and it is always a hugely enjoyable event.

apparent from the number of riddles and paradoxes that appear in the Alice stories. The IB Mathematical Studies course includes an introduction to formal logic, and this, of course, also crosses over into Theory of Knowledge. Meanwhile, students studying Additional Maths in the Fifth Form and Lower Sixth students studying Further Maths or Higher Level IB maths attended a series of lectures at the London Institute of Education on topics ranging from the mathematics of smoke rings to electric guitars. This was an entertaining as well as educational day, which gave the students an insight into mathematics at University and beyond.

Me, Myself and I: Shell Cross-curricular Project In November 2009, the Shell year group undertook a new venture pioneered by the English Department: ‘Me, Myself and I’: The Cross-Curricular Project. This debut was successful enough to encourage a repeat, so our 2010 intake of Shell pupils completed the project last November. Its aim is to bring together various disciplines, encouraging the year group to make connections between subjects as they complete creative, analytical and research work linked by the same theme. This year, their work across twelve different subjects was displayed for parents to see in the school libraries whilst VOX Choir and several individual pupils performed a range of musical pieces. The students produced some outstanding work, ranging from portraits drawn in Art, investigations in the Sciences and Geography, letters in various Modern and Classical languages, videos of drama productions, individually designed mirrors and jewellery, Religious Studies posters and autobiographies in English; an opportunity for recounting stories from the past and projecting hopes for the future. As with its first year, the History Department’s ‘Me, Myself and I’ assignment was particularly embraced by the pupils who collected fascinating artefacts and memories from relatives involved in the World Wars. Huge thanks to all teachers and parents who supported the showcase. For all involved, I think the most rewarding element of this initiative was witnessing proud pupils taking each other around the exhibition, showing off their various achievements – something that I hope will be seen again with our new Shells in 2011. Laura Gallacher St Edward’s Chronicle 2010/11  |  55


Staff Pantomime

Staff Pantomime – 2010 Robin Hood Another roaring success, this year’s take on the Robin Hood story was a magnet for even more numbers of the Common Room. Introducing new staff, most notably Richard Powell and Ross McDonald as the Dames, and showing off the old hands, especially Beth Steer playing beautifully against ‘Dr Evil’ Ian Rowley. It was the Warden’s last panto at St Edward’s, and another of Kendall Williams’ triumphs. The pictures say it all. Ian Rowley, Debra Clayphan

Michael Gray

Sophie Pollard, Jane Crudass and Rachel Adams

Rebecca Ting, Richard Powell

Ian Rowley, Beth Steer

Jane Crudass

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Staff Pantomime

Gabs Damiani

Andrew Trotman

Salomé Jacob, Anna Gulyas, Marta Morales Nevado

Beth Steer

Becky Drury

Kendall Williams

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Architecture – An Interest for Life Nicola Hunter

Architecture can be overpowering, charming, ugly, extraordinary or workaday. It can be useful, like school buildings, or useless, like a folly. It can be made from all kinds of materials from steel to straw bales – and all of it interests me. Architecture is everywhere and is central to how we spend our time as most of us live and work in buildings and they stand everywhere, ready to be decoded and delighted in. The vocabulary of buildings takes a while to acquire but the architectural enthusiast likes nothing better than to learn about the bits and pieces of different styles, such as spandrels, transoms, flêches or soffits, to name just a few. I started exploring buildings when I was taking my A Levels and afterwards made a pilgrimage to Florence, where the palaces struck me as more like fortresses than family dwellings – just the intention of those constructing them and hardly surprising when you look at the dangerous fortunes of those who lived in them. I was able to see the buildings by Brunelleschi that I had read about, and his signature use of the grey-green local stone, pietra serena. While walking up the lantern of his cathedral dome it was possible to see and touch the herring-bone brick work that made it possible as I passed between the inner and outer shells. My next foray abroad, before air travel became the norm and therefore it seemed something of an epic journey, was to Athens to see

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the Acropolis, and it was well worth the effort after studying the buildings and visiting Lord Elgin’s collection in the British Museum. Subsequently I have been more and more drawn to the study of architecture and now mentor those who want to study architecture after leaving St Edward’s. The nineteenth century has been a particular area of interest for me and Gothic Revival architecture a specialisation in recent years. The earliest Gothic Revival architecture was in the eighteenth century and there are remarkable buildings very close to Oxford from this period. When I started out with my studies I bought a copy of Pevsner’s Oxfordshire and set off to find the buildings of the period that he said

were the best. An extremely early Gothic Revival garden building, perhaps the earliest to survive, is at Shotover Park, and looks like a tiny cathedral frontage. At Rousham, about 8 miles north of Oxford, stands Rousham House, with grounds laid out in the eighteenth century by Kent and completely unchanged since then; surrounding the house are several unusual and very picturesque Gothic Revival garden buildings and a cottage approached down winding paths and arranged artfully to be seen from the house. For several years I took groups of sixth formers studying History of Art to Strawberry Hill at Twickenham, perhaps the earliest complete house built in the Gothic Revival style, which was extremely run down but nevertheless, and partly because of that, revealing about its subsequent ownership and uses. It has now been completely restored, and it will be a treat to go and see what the team working on it have done to bring it back to its full eighteenthcentury glory. It is a strange little house built in the new style out of materials which included papier maché ceilings, by ten different architects employed by Horace Walpole, son of the then prime minister and a great literary figure of his day who wrote the first Gothic novel – The Castle of Otranto, passages of which feature a building very like Strawberry Hill. What first sparked this interest in the Gothic Revival was that I wanted to find out more about the architecture of St


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Edward’s when I started teaching there, and nobody knew much about the history of the buildings. I started researching the origins of the style and then focused on the School itself. The architect, William Wilkinson, from Witney, built much of North Oxford and the Randolph Hotel opposite the Ashmolean in Beaumont Street. I like the way that the focal point of the School is obviously the chapel, which can be seen from some distance as its tower is so much taller than the other buildings and which was built of stone so that it would be imposing. I like the monastic appearance of the cloisters, the encaustic tiles of the chapel, the stained glass windows, particularly those in the Warden’s sitting-room which include one showing Edward the Martyr, and those in the apse of the chapel, one being given by the first Warden, Algernon Simeon. The windows of the buildings round the quad tell the story of when each part was built. Mac’s came after Apsley, the Library, the Lodge and the Chapel, and was built by Moore, Wilkinson’s nephew. However, Tilly’s, the buildings outside the quad, and the dining-room, take on later and different styles; the Gothic theme had been lost by the time the work-block and Cowell’s were built. As the School adds new buildings in the twenty-first century the style and materials have to be thought about carefully and there are echoes of the red brick of the quad in the very modern new sciences block, with its striking blue light at night and large areas of glass. Then, on Field side, the new Martyrs’ Pavilion by the well-known architect John Pawson now stands, spare and severe against the green of the fields, and providing a dramatic foil to the much loved and now beautifully restored older pavilion, which I walked round during the building work when it looked quite desolate. Buildings always tell a story and those of St Edward’s are no exception, originating with the high ideals of the Oxford Movement and its love of the preReformation mediaeval style combined with the nineteenth century’s very practical use of brick once the brick tax had ceased. Architecture is a constant source of interest, from the temporary buildings of the Serpentine Gallery each year to those you live and work in every day. If you have not got hooked yet I would advise that you buy a copy of Rice’s Architectural Primer, an informative and charmingly illustrated book, and start exploring.

Steeplechase The annual steeplechase inspires all kinds of commentary… I don’t know about you but as I lined up at the start of the 4.2 mile race a couple of weeks back, I really did think to myself, ‘what is the point of running in what is effectively a massive circle only to make your legs feel incredibly sore for the next week and to (depending on the weather) ruin a very nice expensive pair of running shoes’? … Many people said that it is a very good idea and this is from people who did even worse than me. Gully Burrows

I don’t mind the steeplechase. In fact, the day before it I was acting as a sort of campaigner for its cause. “Oh, it’s not that bad,” I jovially responded to the sound of everyone else’s grumbling, “everyone makes out it’s a torturous event but really it’s over in about half an hour to forty minutes.” Various eyebrows were raised mordantly at the sunny edge to my voice… Sophie Neal

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Round the Houses Avenue Rachel Bellamy House Mistress Laura Gallacher Assistant House Mistress Laura Clifford Head of House Sophie Slemeck Deputy Head of House Jade Wilkinson Deputy Head of House

Apsley Richard Pleming House Master

Sadly this year Apsley must say farewell to its Housemaster of five years, Mr Pleming, who is leaving to become Headmaster of Wrekin College. We all here wish him and Rachel and their children the best of luck for the future. Mr Richards has been appointed the new Apsley house master. Thanks too to Mrs Pridmore, our indefatigable matron, and the house tutors for all their hard work and commitment to the house. Hector Ahern and Freddie Shelton have been the Heads of House for 2010-2011. Over the past year the house has gone from strength to strength: all the Apsley boys have excelled in the areas where their talents and abilities lie.

David Finamore Assistant House Master

Corfe

Hector Ahern Head of House

Eve Singfield House Mistress

Freddie Shelton Head of House

Sarah Gee Assistant House Mistress

Will Blowfield Deputy Head of House

Jen Robinson Head of House

Ben Lebus Deputy Head of House

Camilla English Deputy Head of House Juliet Snow Deputy Head of House

The school year has been a hugely successful one for Apsley House. There have been triumphs and achievements across the school. The annual ‘Apsley Entertains’ was held May 1st in the North Wall and featured acts from pupils in all years of the house. There were monologues, music, including an impromptu rendition of ‘Danny Boy’ by Mr Pleming, as well as a performance of Apsley’s award-winning shell play. Apsley’s traditional commitment to drama was maintained this year, with a strong house presence in the school play. Seb de Souza starred in ‘Skins’, the hit television series, and as well as the drama awards already held by Apsley boys, three more Apsley pupils have been awarded honorary drama exhibitions at the end of the summer term. Several Apsley boys represented St Edward’s on the sports field at a top level. We were represented in the first team for Rugby, Hockey, Football, Squash, Tennis, Athletics and the Harriers. In the lower years there are a number of up-and-coming sportsmen who have had great success in their respective year groups.

For me, my most defining moment as Head of House has to be when the whole house was singing this year’s house shout song at the end of our very first ‘Corfe Occasion’. At that particular moment everyone in the house was just so happy, having fun and relieved that the night had gone so well. Two hours previously we’d all been filled with nerves over the prospect of performing in front of an audience in our first ever ‘Corfe Occasion’. However, weeks of preparation and hard work, with various rehearsals going on throughout the house every night, culminated in huge success on the night with every girl in the house taking part, whether it was singing, dancing or acting. The show’s finale was our house shout song; 15. Field S: Ben E. King | Stand By Me this was everyone’s to enjoy the moment D: time Jeffrey Koren 16. Kendallon stage. And this was my with the whole house S: Various Artists | Tempa T on a Mission D: Richie Meredith most defining moment: as the look of relief and 17. Mac’s satisfaction on everyone’s S: Adele | Rollingfaces in the Deep will always be one D: Maxine Mackintosh A: BMW Shannonof House. of my best memories as| Peter Head 18. Cowell’s S: Traditional | My Evaline D: Max Narula 19. Oakthorpe S: Marina and the Diamonds | I Am Not a Robot D: Louisa Stephenson | Alice Morgan 20. Tilly’s S: John Mayer | Free Fallin’ D: Misha Metcalfe 21. Avenue S: Warpaint | Undertow D: Katie Pleming 22. Apsley S: Hoagy Carmichael | Georgia on My Mind D: Seb de Souza | Freddie Strickland A: BMW

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Cowell’s Nick Coram-Wright House Master Mark Stephenson Assistant House Master George Chetwode Head of House Max Narula Deputy Head of House Chris Stylianou Deputy Head of House

The most defining moment of Cowell’s this year would have to be the Cowell’s charity bike ride from Oxford to Milan on an exercise bike in the Biology block to raise money for the DEC Pakistan Floods Appeal. We raised over £5,500. We managed to keep spirits high during the night and early hours of the morning, each member of the house being involved by riding and supporting each other. When reaching the final miles of the race the entire house got together to support the main organiser of the event, Tom Colson, do the last mile. It was great to see the whole house really get involved together and support an event like this. Due to maintaining high spirits we managed to complete the bike ride in eighteen hours instead of the expected 24 hours.

Field House Richard Murray House Master Michael Gray Assistant House Master Hector Besant Head of House Gully Burrows Deputy Head of House


Round the houses

Kendall

Oakthorpe

Tilly’s

James Cope House Master

Judy Young House Mistress

Lewis Faulkner House Master

Andrew Dalgleish Assistant House Master

Tova Holmes Assistant House Master

Peter Rudge Assistant House Master

Ed Lea (Head of House)

Annabelle Burt Head of House

Ben Taylor Head of House

Rupert Shipperly (Head of House)

Bella Bowker Deputy Head of House

Misha Metcalfe Deputy Head of House

James Fenner (Deputy Head of House)

Millie Edwards Deputy Head of House

Richard Wise Deputy Head of House

Patrick Hinton (Deputy Head of House

“Inspired by one our colleagues, we decided we were tired of endless rules and regulations and chose to live by core values instead. In conjunction with the House Prefects and tutors, the following ‘Five Pillars’ were adopted: TRUST, RESPECT, ENDEAVOUR, PRIDE, COMMUNITY and we have been trying to use these principles as we operate with each other in House and in School. It is still early days but we do feel they are helping with the work hard/play hard ethos and sense of community we aspire to. I think that in years to come, as these values become firmly embedded, we may look back on this year as pivotal in the development of the House. We feel the House spirit is in good shape. This year we have very much enjoyed being involved in House competitions as well as our own House challenges. AssisPanto lives on in the House which they leave in very good shape.

Segar’s David Gibbon House Master Chris Pollitt Assistant House Master Basil Bailey Head of House Edward Strong Deputy Head of House Will Marsh Deputy Head of House

Sing’s David Corran House Master James Gaunt Assistant House Master Charlie Instone Head of House

Macnamara’s Sarah Sephton House Mistress

A defining moment for Tilly’s this year was the joy we felt in reaching the (virtual) summit of Kanchenjunga at 10am on Sunday 22nd March. This was after having already climbed the combined heights of Everest and K2 by sprinting up the Tilly’s stairs in a continuous relay. After several weeks of planning and fund-raising, we started at 7.20pm on Saturday 21st March and ran through the night. The U6th organised drinks and further fundraising events for the Tilly’s parents, whilst Mark Saville (L6th) helped Mr Baker to set up the computers that monitored our progress and Josh Norgate (L6th) set up the sound system that kept us motivated through the night. This was an event that really brought the whole house together and we ascended a total of 26,047 metres which equates to 2236 ascents of the six flights of stairs. We finished several hours earlier than predicted and there was a great atmosphere on the Tilly’s main stairwell as Mr Faulkner did the final climb of the stairs with his two daughters. We raised over £5500 for our two chosen charities (Footsteps and the Mwana Trust) which will help to dig wells to provide fresh water for primary schools in Kenya and Zimbabwe. Will Holland, Richard Wise and I will be going to Kenya this summer to carry out further work with Kenyan children through Footsteps.

Laura Allen Assistant House Mistress Emily Marshall Head of House Miranda Stewart Deputy Head of House Viola Hazlerigg Deputy Head of House

“Every year the Mac’s L6 organise a fashion and talent show for the school, for a charity of their choice. This year they approached local independent and vintage shops such as Miss Butterfly and Uncle Sam’s who happily lent clothes as well as chain stores such as Johnny B and Benson & I, whilst also utilising the school’s costume cupboard. Emily Marshall, the Head of House, gave a moving speech about the close community in Mac’s, and the perfect example of this came with the finale: the whole house dancing on stage to the ultimate 90’s dance song (Five’s Get Everybody Up) there was an euphoric sense of achievement after so many weeks of hard work and stress, but also of the happiness that comes with being with one’s closest friends.”

House Challenge 2011 This year’s House Challenge (a University Challenge-style general knowledge, inter-house quiz) ran throughout the Spring term on Tuesday evenings in a packed Old Library. Complete with “fingers on buzzers and no conferring”, 12 teams, including one of valiant Graduate Assistants, battled it out for a place in the final, held on 15th March. Both Avenue (previous winners for the last two years) and Apsley went out defiantly at the semi-final stage, albeit with impressive scores. In a thrilling and closely-fought final, Segar’s, captained by Ben Havey and ably abetted by Ned ‘fastest finger’ Donovan, Tom Cutbill & Matt Carmedy finally succumbed to ‘new kids on the block’ Kendall, though the lead had swapped sides several times in the gruelling and fastfought competition. The Senior Tutor was present to award prizes to both winners and runners-up and the cup to Kendall captain, Paddy Hinton, who in a truly magnanimous gesture immediately handed it to his top scoring team mate, Stephen MacFarlane. The two other top flight Kendall players were Sam Macdonald-Smith & Ted Popham. IRMR congratulated them all and thanked RDM and VA for scoring and time keeping respectively and MJT for his role as organiser and quiz master.

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RouNd tHe Houses

Cowell’s Play Cowell’s production of Peter Shaffer’s ‘Black Comedy’ was a great success. Put together with miraculous speed, the performances were excellent. A delightful play, in which Brindsley Miller and his fiancée Carol Melkett have ‘borrowed’ the fancy furniture from their neighbour Harold Gorringe in order to impress Carol’s father, Colonel Melkett! Brindsley, an artist, is afraid that the Colonel will not give up his daughter to a starving artist. Things go awry when the lights go out, leaving Brindsley helpless as characters arrive, one by one. First is Brindsley’s elderly neighbour, Mrs Furnival. Colonel Melkett, unimpressed by the blackout, arrives, and Brindsley’s worst nightmare comes true as Harold returns early, and Brindsley tries desperately to return the furniture without Harold noticing. Cowell’s demonstrated with panache what can be done in just a few days. Cast: Hamish Brewster, Celia Higson, Directed by George Sephton Nick De Klee, Maxine Mackintosh, Produced by Max Narula Mikey Garside, George Parris, Lighting designed by Miles Fisher Peter Shannon & Mikhail Yakovlev.

Camera Club The master in the middle is Herbert Wright, an OSE, who returned to the school as a teacher between 1899-1903. He was a very active master who as well as creating and developing The Camera Club was a coach for the rugby/cricket and rowing sides as well as running the school shop! He also led a Set (pre cursor to Houses). He had a reputation for ‘scholarliness and a tremendous temper’. He left the school to take over as Headmaster of Sir John’s Grammar School in Witton, Northwich, Cheshire. The Camera Club came into life in June 1900 with a ‘terminal subscription’ of 1 shilling and sixpence. Prizes were offered by Wilfrid Cowell and Herbert Wright for various categories of pictures.

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Lectures were given by outside ‘experts’ and dark rooms provided with strict rules for usage thereof. Take up was slow with average membership of 20 boys at any one time who toured (supervised) the surrounding area taking and developing pictures for prizes. The Club rather died off when Wright left the school. Interestingly, in the picture the boy on Wright’s left is Lionel Simeon, the eldest son of Warden Algernon Simeon; next to the gentleman with a beard (whom we cannot identify) is Theodore Whittington, later a leading ophthalmic surgeon of his time at the Royal Eye Hospital in London. He lived to be 95 years old.

Photography at St Edward’s St Edward’s has been particularly fortunate in recent years to have so many enthusiastic pupil photographers across a number of year groups and I hope that there will be many more willing to help. The skill of framing and executing shots outside of the point-and-shoot modes of cameras takes consideration and practice, although admittedly experimentation can also reap results in the moment. One of the talents that school photographers need to have is some foresight as to what is going to work and the technical skill to match it, as there is often just one chance to capture a moment in a play, a set of clothes on a catwalk, a hurdler at full stretch or that match-turning goal on the playing fields. Most of what you see in this publication cannot be staged – there isn’t enough time! Large contributions to this and previous editions of The Chronicle have been made by James Adkins, Max Narula, Freddie Strickland, Miles Fisher, Xander Garbett, Ned Donovan and Dom Baker, mostly using their own free time and investing in their own photographic kit. Thank you to them and to all contributors of photographs for The Chronicle. Naveed Barakzai


Dance

Dance 2011 Dance is established as a major cultural element in the life of the school and there are now high-profile opportunities for dancers to perform in each term. The North Wall Dance Studio and the Esporta Studios are busier than ever and the level of dancers attracted to St Edward’s is on an upward trajectory. Senior Dancer, Allanagh Spratling achieved her grade eight distinction and is off to study for a Dance and Drama award at Laine’s. She has graced our performances with distinction in her school career and we will follow her career with interest. The Dance Show in the Spring Term was packed with variety: it ranged from the highly disciplined and technically demanding Pointe Ballet performance to the rigours of Cheerleading and Street Jazz. It was splendid to see a significant number of boys taking part – particularly in the new Breakdance item. Even some of the teaching staff were seen starring in a performance of Ceroc. Some of the pupils produced their own dances and there are clearly some inventive and talented choreographers among the pupils. The summer term saw a visit from the professional company Ballet in Small Spaces who provided workshops and performances for our pupils. Choreographer Susie Crow offered inspirational insight into the professional world of dance. The St Edward’s Gaudy Arts Festival featured a Dance Showcase and we were delighted to be able to give the entire second half of the programme over to Ballet. All the ballet classes were represented covering every level and the dancers presented themselves superbly. A particularly moving finale choreographed by Penny Cullerne-Bown completed the excellent programme. Neville Creed

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Best of Quill Creative Fairy Tale Coursework Essay There was once a good kind man who ran a small workshop that produced high quality shoes. He had always worked hard and tried his best to be a good employer to the two Polish workers who had illegally come to the country to make a better life for themselves and their families. The shoemaker however had fallen upon hard times in the severe economic climate and the bank from whom he had borrowed a small amount of money in order to fund his business was now demanding complete repayment and the poor shoemaker could not raise enough capital to do this. As he was such a good, kind man he had always paid his workers above the minimum wage so they could build a life for themselves in this country; however, his small business could not sustain this amount and the bank was on the verge of foreclosure.1 The poor shoemaker had one piece of leather left as he owed money to the supplier and could not afford to order more. It was the end of his working day and the dark winter night was upon him so with a heavy heart he cut out the leather to form the shapes of one last pair of shoes. He laid the leather carefully on the old wooden work bench and then reached for his coat, hat and keys in order to lock up for the night. It was a solemn figure who slowly turned out the lights and locked the door, leaving his workshop for the night. He returned home to his little cottage where his wife was waiting for him with a meagre supper; the wages he paid his men did not stretch to giving himself a good standard of living. He told his wife of the worries that beset him and she comforted him by telling him that he was a good man and had done all he could.2 The next morning the poor shoemaker returned to the workshop feeling sad and worried. However, when he opened the door and looked at his work bench he saw a beautiful pair of shoes sitting proudly on the top. He could not believe his eyes: the 1 This is an example of a motif that connects to the moral of the story. The shoemaker is poor and his business is failing because he is very kind to his workers, paying them above the minimum wage even though he doesn’t have to. This illustrates the theme of the story, that despite the disadvantages in life, you should be kind and generous. 2 This portrays the mood as being sombre as the shoemakers business is failing, and he has very little money.

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workmanship was exquisite and they were the most beautiful pair of shoes he had ever seen. He quickly wrapped the shoes in delicate tissue and placed them in one of his specialist boxes. He immediately delivered them to a high quality shoe shop in Kensington High Street where they were received with great approval. It just so happened that Kate Middleton, girlfriend of Prince William was passing by this shoe shop. The beautiful pair of shoes was displayed in the middle of the shop window and immediately caught her eye. She quickly entered the shop and asked to try on the shoes. They fitted perfectly and she was delighted with them so she willingly paid the high price that the shop had placed on them and went on her way. Unbeknown to anyone at this time, this was to be a very special day for Miss Middleton as later on that morning there was a royal announcement of the engagement between Prince William and Kate Middleton. The whole country was thrilled and excited at the thought of a royal wedding and all tuned in to their televisions that evening to see the happy couple. Our poor shoemaker and his wife, being good at heart, were also excited by the happy news and they too turned on their small portable television to see the royal couple. They exclaimed in delight when they saw that Kate Middleton was wearing the shoes.3 Immediately their telephone rang and it was the shoe shop owner demanding many more pairs of similar shoes. The shoemaker could now afford enough leather to make two more pairs and quickly went to buy some. That night he cut out the leather for the two pairs and as before went home for the evening. In the morning as before two more beautiful pairs of shoes were on the bench, he quickly took them to the shop where they were immediately snapped up and he was given an order list for more. Several days went by and the shoemaker was able to buy more and more leather and each night more and more exquisite shoes were produced. He had no idea who was making the shoes and discussed it with his

wife. They decided to stay up and hide in the work shop and find out who was making the shoes. After cutting out the leather and laying it on the bench, they hid behind a curtain and waited. A little while later his two employees, Swarvik and Rafael appeared and began to create the wonderful shoes. The shoemaker and his wife watched in quiet admiration as the shoes were so cleverly made; they kept quiet and just smiled at each other. The weeks went by and the orders were flooding in, the shoes were still being created as before during the night and it came to a point when the shoemaker could not believe it possible that so many pairs were being made. So again he and his wife hid in the workshop to see what was happening. This time not only was it Swarvik and Rafael doing the work, it was also four other Polish men working really hard and singing together as they crafted the beautiful shoes. This time the shoemaker decided to show himself and also his gratitude; he jumped out from behind the curtain and began to clap his hands. He clapped and clapped and tears ran down his face as he expressed his gratitude to the Polish workers. They told him that they only wanted to repay the kindness that had been shown to them. Over the next few weeks and months, the Shoemaker’s business went from strength to strength, business was booming and the workshop was now safe. In return for their kindness the Shoemaker arranged for the Polish men to get legal citizenship and to have permanent day time jobs in the factory. When the old shoemaker decided to retire he gave the whole business to his loyal Polish workers and so every one of them lived happily ever after.4 The moral of this tale is that when you are good, kind and generous, in return you will live a rewarding life reaping all its benefits. Josh McKnight

3 Here the mood has changed to one of happiness as the shoemaker’s business might just turn around.

4 This shows that if you give kindness like the Polish men, you get kindness in return.

Bibliography Grimm Brothers, “The Elves and the Shoemaker”, Classic Fairy Tale Books. (Accessed 28th November 2010) http://www.authorama.com/grimms-fairy-tales-39.html


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“Twins of Fate” Hannah Reed’s short story ‘Twins of Fate’ was (at the time of writing) shortlisted in the Deddington Junior Writing Competition 2011. KeN taNNeNBaum / sHutteRstoCK.Com

The Deddington Writing Competition, now in its fifth year, is held so that there should be an opportunity for people of all ages to try their hand at writing a short story or a poem which will be judged by experienced writers and have a chance of winning a prize. Young people entering the Junior Competition were asked to write, using their imagination as well as their skills in language, description, poetry and story-telling, on the theme of ‘News’. It all began at 8:46 am when the North Tower was hit. After the South Tower suffered the same strike at 9:03 am, both began to fall, one after another, like dominoes. As though engulfed in a fiery blaze the towers were enveloped with colours of red, orange and yellow. As the heat intensified inside the offices of the South Tower and the flames danced wildly, Adam Nixon was trapped. His arm was crushed under a pile of rubble and with all his efforts he attempted to liberate it. Pulling it free from the wreckage, he clutched his arm close and watched as blood oozed from the deep gash in his wrist. Adam was a wealthy business man with a family and what he thought would be a prosperous future. He had a wife and three children. They lived in a beautiful penthouse opposite Central Park, but Adam never thought that the morning of September the eleventh could be his last inside it. After kissing his wife goodbye his final words had been, “Don’t wait up for me honey, it’s going to be a pretty busy day.” On the other side of the city in Brooklyn lived Daniel Walker, a young twenty -five -year -old from a small town in Ohio. He had moved to New York only three months before and had brought his girlfriend Lisa, to experience the life of a busy and exciting city. On the same morning that Adam left his grand penthouse, Daniel left his cramped one bedroom apartment to ride the city metro to the World Trade Center. His last moments with Lisa had not been pleasant. Arguing over the trivial decision as to who would buy the evening meal had resulted in Lisa’s last words being, “Dan, you infuriate me sometimes. To be honest, I couldn’t care less if you died today!” Only one and a half hours later, in the one hundred and ten story building of the North Tower Daniel lay unconscious on the blood-soaked carpet of the ninety-fourth floor. As he regained consciousness, the cries of burnt men and women shot through his ears. His eyes fluttered open to a scene of devastation and chaos. All around him lay severed bodies and strewn across the large office were burning files and broken glass. Beside him lay the remains of Rachel Bush, a colleague and friend whom he had grown to respect in his short time working at the financial company, Morgan Stanley. He turned away from the sight feeling even more choked, and, breathing erratically, pulled himself to his feet. Shaking from shock and nausea Daniel tried to make sense of the scene before him. The last thing he had remembered had been the crash from above and the shake as the tower began to crumble. Outside as dust filled the air, pedestrians gathered below screaming in terror at what stood above them. As the towers began to collapse cries could be heard from the people trapped inside. Shards of glass and bits of office equipment were falling from the

windows. It was as though a sky of grey was raining material tears. They fell to their deaths just waiting for the towers to follow. Inside, both on their feet, the men scrambled over the rubble towards the fire exits. All they could think about was getting out alive. Little did they know, one of them wasn’t going to make it. Horrifyingly, the men found the lifts had been blown to bits; debris was scattered across the already soiled floor. Adam found the stairs of the South Tower and began to make his way down, carefully keeping his throbbing arm close to his body. Nimbly dodging hazardous objects and crumbling steps he finally found himself at the entrance to the building. He let out a cry of relief and ran towards the open air. Overwhelming joy hit him and it was not long before paramedics were beside him tending to his arm. Daniel opened the door of the nearest fire exit to find a steep winding staircase down to hell. Below him there lay a scene of bloodstained walls and shrill screams from dying people. The heat was too intense to permit his entrance and above him was a disintegrating building. Like clockwork, he moved back, shut the door, and turned towards the windows. He stood motionless, blocking out the sounds around him, and made his decision. He had to jump. The choking feeling returned at once as Daniel remembered his last moments with Lisa and a tear began to roll down his debrisstained cheek. He moved in a trance towards the nearest open window and looked down. All at once, ninety four floors seemed insurmountable and fear gripped his body in an instant. Height was the one factor that Daniel had been wary of when taking the job at the World Trade Centre and now he began to regret his choice. However, despite his fear Daniel wanted to get out and knew this was only way. He put his palms together, prayed for Lisa and thanked God for their short life together. Then, with all the bravery he had inside him, he clenched his teeth together, closed his eyes and jumped. Through the cries and pain of the people suffering, the flames continued to dance. Mercilessly they killed, just as the planes had done when they flew straight into the towers. What was the outcome of the terrorist attack? It had created a picture of tragedy in the heart of New York. America had been cruelly attacked and was left emotionally devastated, with the responsibility of overcoming 2,752 innocent deaths. In the end, collapsing just twenty nine minutes apart, the Twin Towers were reduced to ruins of ash, bodies and debris by 10:28 am. With the South Tower falling first at 9:59am, it was only a matter of minutes before the second fell to the same fate as its twin. Hannah Reed (L6)

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Oedipus Rex Retold by a Fourth Form set

What we did We read the play, in translation, then each summarised a few pages into colloquial language to help us trace the main plot. Thereafter, we each took our ‘modern’ section and re-wrote it again in pentameters (five metrical feet per line of verse). Where we could, we also had a go at making them iambic pentameters. Iambic Pentameter (de DUM, de DUM, de DUM, de DUM, de DUM) is the kind of verse pattern that you may know from Shakespeare, as in this example from Sonnet 18, ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day.’ And it’s much harder to write than it looks. For instance, the protagonist’s name, Oedipus, is tricky to work with because it has three syllables, which want to fall into a pattern that is Stressed – Unstressed – Stressed, (DUM de DUM) or at best a Dactylic meter (DUM de de). Try it out...

Prologue A great tragedy did Sophocles write For the eyes of Dionysus and Greeks At the festival of Dionysus Of course, the play was set in ancient Greece. Being a tragedy, the King had a Fatal flaw, a killing problem inside Or out: maybe it’s psychological. Well, wait and you can find the truth about the King.

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There was a man, the King, called Oedipus the King. His city was Thebes and well known throughout But the people came to the King’s palace, Their branches brown and dead, their incense burnt. The priest tells Oedipus of death throughout. The eyes of Oedipus are shot with blood. The Oracle says what must be done now, Creon returns from the Oracle glad But the news for Oedipus is now bad. Creon answers questions of Oedipus He asks of the murder of King Laius. He discovers the case was not resolved As other things were going on back then. Creon tells him what a servant had seen He’d seen some robbers attacking the King. Oedipus will find the truth of Laius And he will save the city of Thebes. Oedipus was with a crowd of people, He wants to know who killed the King Laius. Information is what Oedipus needs To solve the hidden secret mystery. He told then the consequences harshly And he gave out a generous award. The King is willing to do anything To find out the responsible person Who caused darkness to come over his town. He says he will listen to anything. The chorus tell Oedipus that his curse Frightens men and he asks them for advice. There was a lot of gossip and rumours That travellers killed the previous King But he hoped that someone may come forward. When hearing the rumour, Teiresias Enters and they bicker and have a row. Oedipus does not let him descend home Because Teiresias is not telling Oedipus who he thinks the murderer is. Oedipus thinks the prophet has done it But Teiresias thinks oppositely, He thinks Oedipus is the murderer.

Murderer anonymous, who is he? The chorus, Teiresias and the King, Gather in the palace to unveil him. The killer must be found says Oedipus. The monarch then bullies out all the truth. Oedipus denies all accusations. He shouts and ridicules the blind old man. Then thinks that it could be all Creon’s work. Teiresias quietly calms the King. The argument came to no conclusion. Teiresias is to leave the palace Of Oedipus the King, who’s angry with The wise old man who’s blind but wise and true. Teiresias leaves Oedipus a note It’s not good news for him it makes him rage. He sends Teiresias away from home. Laius’s killer is to be exiled From Thebes to be a beggar and in shame. The chorus ask for the man to be caught To save the people’s lives, they all plead now At Oedipus the King to help once more. Creon has been accused of treachery. Oedipus meets Creon and is surprised. He did not expect to see him again. Oedipus doesn’t want Creon as King. They both argue the matters of the laws. They try to get more facts of the murder. Discussing it more Creon blames the King. Creon still claims to not want to be King. The King accuses Creon of treason. The Chorus says that all his words are true. Oedipus madly wants Creon banished. Jocasta comes in with a question now, She says, what is all the noise going on? Creon gets angry and calls him graceless Oedipus then leaves the room angrily. Jocasta then asks chorus what happened. Oedipus is worried about Creon. He believes he murdered the old King, Laius. People want proof to cast him out of Thebes. When King Laius was alive he was told; That he would be killed by his own child. To make sure that his son wouldn’t kill him; The son was left in a mountain tied up. Oedipus is superstitious and mad. Jocasta explains things to Oedipus. She explains this all without the chorus. The King was in a carriage with five men. One of them being a noble herald. When Laius was killed there was one servant. Unfortunately he was now absent. A servant who got back to his master He was now gone but came to Jocasta. The slave begged her to go back to his home, But he had already gone on his roam. He’d always wanted to be a shepherd. Oedipus wanted to see the servant. But as he knows the slave is now absent Oedipus was acting very anxious. He tells Jocasta about his father. His father Polybus was Corinth born. And his mother was brought up in Doris. He was worried his wife would divorce him.


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Because of him having lower class blood. One day at a banquet a drunk man spoke. He said that he was not his father’s son. Oedipus was very angry and hurt. He asked his parents who were angry too. He also asked the Oracle Delphi, Although he got no sort of an answer. He told him that he would kill his father. Oedipus ran to Corinth and he hid. Made a bandit and cast out of the town Scared of the Oracle if he returns. He tells us that he killed a man Laius He did not know it was his father, Rex. Chorus knows Oedipus is sore afraid He wants to put the blame on someone else. Jocasta knows the public suspect Rex After killing his father he regrets. Killed loving father didn’t know why so. Jocasta asked the King to come outside To speak with a man who has news for him. The man tells Oedipus his dad is dead. The King wonders about his fake mother, As he is not safe while she is alive For he is prophesised to kill his dad And then marry his own widowed mother. He swore he shall never commit these crimes And stayed in exile from his home country. The King discovers something very strange That Polybus is not his own father, And he was found abandoned on his own. Corinthian tells King that Polybus Was not his dad; he wonders why he lied. The man reminds him of his swollen foot He tells the truth that lies within his name. He wonders why one would harm him so young The man who did it was in line with Laius. He informs the crowd that if they see him They should bring the man to him at some speed. The wise man tells him that if he does not Stop searching then he’ll near his end quite soon. Oedipus is scared he was born vermin. He fears his wife will leave him with the truth. He orders that the truth must come to him, He must accept the book is closing soon. They ask if the King’s dad is the god Pan. The shepherd enters in from somewhere else. The Corinthian recognises him He tells the man to answer his questions. The King asks if he worked for Laius and What job the shepherd had and where he worked. He replies, yes I did and a shepherd. The King asks if he’d seen the man before, The shepherd can`t remember at the time. The man from Corinth tells the shepherd all. The shepherd tells the man to shut up now. The King threatens the shepherd to answer, He asks if the baby was his own child. Oedipus asks whose parents were the child’s He says that it was born in the King’s house. He says that Jocasta gave it to him. The King again wonders why this happened. The shepherd told the King that his mother Asked him to kill her son when he was young.

Because of a prophecy that scared her, The prophecy said that he would kill his Father that used to be the King, Laius. The shepherd said that he did not kill him, Because he was just a little baby. Instead the shepherd just sent him away The King was sad that this was his mother. Oedipus’s wife screams and runs upstairs In order to find her room where she cries. She turns it into a place of madness And then she grabs hold of a piece of rope. Oedipus finds her dead body hanging And he himself cries and turns to the floor. Finding two golden brooches on her dress He pierces the layers of both his eyes. Oedipus has chosen to blind himself The people are talking about his deed. Oedipus is panicking that he can’t See anything or where he is walking. The King starts calling for his closest friends He doesn’t want them to abandon him. Just because he is blind Oedipus starts Demanding that he should leave the city And wished he had died so he wouldn’t have To live through the horror of being blind. My name will now be known eternally, The killer of my father’s soul was me. The love for my mother caused by my heart A father to my mother’s children’s arts. Still a brother to them in true meaning Was born to suffer and bring suffering Not identical, one called Oedipus Has there been a man so unfortunate Not ever born has there been ‘til myself. The chorus tell the King he’s better dead. Now he wants to be blind when his soul leaves. He could not look his father in the eye When entering in the underworld’s gates. Oedipus apologizes to Creon And asks one thing, if Creon could kill him For his disgusting actions that he hates. The King has now discovered what is true The Oracle had told him what to do. He’s told to ask the Oracle again He knows it will cease the death of his men. Oedipus tells Creon that he must die Up in the mountains is where he shall lie. Oedipus will rest at where he once stood still They tell him not but he knows that he should. The happiness of Thebes will rise again The curse of Thebes will stop, it’s gone. AMEN For once the one of great has come to sin He now must be the one to lift the chin And leave the girls he always loved again. The King is an embarrassment to men Because the tears fall down from his poor eyes. Oedipus wants to go into exile Creon will decide the fate of the King. We wait to hear the chorus as they sing “The words of both great joy and tragedy, The Rex the envy of all who were great And how his fame has quickly changed to hate.” And now it seems like fate has set his date.

Surrealist metaphors on the School uniform – from a Sixth Form set “It is black crow with a beak of vibrant colour which shimmers in the sun. It can be entrapping and restrictive like the steel bars outside a prison, yet expressive like a hat worn above the left ear of your head. When held out-wards it is a dustsheet only revealing those places which stick out at angles and a spokesperson making an announcement out of a megaphone at an American football match”. Fiona “I am a platypus tail that keeps my word neither wet nor dry nor enables them to swim. I am as the rugged bars on the walls of their cell, which lies in a broader prison complex. I am cast aside with zealous though some choose to hang one whilst others decide only to drawer me.” Anon “It is like a mask of sophistication with layers to hide the inner soul. Like a bat rigid as it hangs in sleep. Like plucking the feathers from the proudest bird in paradise and forcing it to submit in black.” Miranda “Confining and unflattering, you wear me like a prisoner’s jumpsuit I am a watch which defines your day, which comes on and off in accordance with time. I flame like the nostrils of a strict teacher, black streaked with grey as in her hair. More regular than seasons, I am your childhood and age”. Anon “Munden’s mundane mandatory meddling. I am an illegal shirt that hides under a v-neck regime. My height is no more than the highest hay bale, self and polyester. The one who wears me waddles as they march, as onlookers group and say ‘How smart!’ “ Anon

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Best of Quad A Eulogy for a French Farming Village The weak morning sun diffuses through the trees, creating mottled shadows on the sweeping drive. The goldfish float at the surface, orange blurs against black, but quickly disappear when a shadow falls across the water. The gate yarns loudly as I slip through clutching the ancient “baguette bag” and my grandfather’s cracked wallet; soon I am in the narrow cobbled streets between looming, grey houses with flaking shutters, permanently closed. The door to the boulangerie sings as it opens and the familiar face of the baker smiles at me, although this year there are slightly more wrinkles on her jovial face than last. This is Briey. A little village in the north east of France which time (and fashion) has forgotten. Now only the latter is true. Briey has been dragged, albeit kicking and screaming, into the 21st century. Ugly, boxy houses, all completely identical and completely devoid of character have invaded and what used to be rough farmland are now manicured lawns. Unfortunately urban sprawl is not the worst of it. Outside the medieval church stood rows of ancient trees which have borne witness to every birth, marriage, and death for hundreds of years. And they were felled. To make way for parking. The shock gave one of the ninety year old locals a heart attack. He collapsed on the cobbles. There are hundreds of smaller incidents of this ilk that makes Briey a little less like Briey each year. Modernisation is an unstoppable force and however much we shout it will always happen. We, like everyone else in the world, are going to have to change and develop with our surroundings. But given the inevitability of death I can think of no way of going which is more beautiful that out of grief for something as apparently inconsequential as a tree. Claire Vainker

Shrouded by our own False Sense of Security? How many pupils at this school have realised the extent of student protest around the country? Cloistered by our own complacency and alienated by our own sheltered and cosseted community: I am sure an embarrassingly high percentage of pupils are ignorant of any student demonstrations. Around the country students have protested against plans to increase tuition fees – from an annual £3,290 to £9,000 – and to withdraw public funding for university teaching budgets for many subjects. Protest marches, occupations and walkouts have featured nationally: 2000 students in Bristol; 2000 students in Liverpool; 1000 students in Leeds – all demonstrated against the new fees, many protests were organised through social networking websites. 3000 protestors in Brighton threw eggs and fireworks to seek recognition. A protest banner in Manchester read: “Tory scum here we come,

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Dumbledore will be ashamed”. 2000 students from Sheffield marched in protest, accompanied by hundreds of students from secondary schools: some 300 pupils, mainly sixth-formers, walked out of King Edward’s School, despite warnings that their absence would be considered unauthorised – could a Saint steal the limelight from a King in coming days? For a decade Scotland has had no university tuition fees, but in Edinburgh students were still conscious enough to fight for their fellow students’ education, as 200 protested in Edinburgh alone. 50,000 students gathered in Westminster two weeks ago, and school pupils walked out of lessons to join university and college students in protest, Parliament Square saw graffiti, smashed windows and the emergence of fires. However it is not only the capital that is busy, just on our doorstep the iconic Bodleian Library hosted one of the 12 university occupations, continuing throughout the night.

Shouldn’t we give all an equal platform into education? Some may argue that here is an instigation of left-wing intervention, yet this protest is only for tuition fees, the bare elements of education, no expectations for accommodation and all else included. Earlier this week I jestingly told a teacher that I planned to protest alongside the many others of students: they told me I had no real grounds to do so, as anyone at this school and with these school fees would have no issue paying for university. Surely this is not the point, why should the better off and more fortunate be selfish and egotistical? Surely we should show selfless compassion and aid those who need support? I am not asking for acts of vandalism, but if I were to protest in the quadrangle tomorrow would any of you walk out too? Isabella Ogston


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The Quad newspaper ran a photojournalism competition, supported by The Financial Times. Over the three issues (Autumn, Spring and Summer), dozens of photographs were submitted. Landscapes and animals were particular favourites as subjects chosen by the pupils, but the most successful photojournalism images contained people. The editor liked especially one image that shows the trace of the Berlin Wall, nowadays only a line of bricks in the road over which Berliners can now walk freely. Below, we publish here the runners up and the winning photograph. Freddie Strickland, who also photographed both covers of this edition of The Chronicle, will spend the day at the offices of The Financial Times. Freddie Strickland, winner Summer 2011, and overall winner.

Will Marsh, winner Spring 2011

Ned Carr, winner Autumn 2010

Patrick Burrows, editor’s commendation Berlin Wall

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Young Writers

Poetry

The following students have been successful in Young Writers’ latest competition, Poetry Matters.

Competition

Tacita McCoy-Parkhill Eliza Taylor Laura Matthews Adam Al Ghafri Jeff Koren Claire Vainker James Buxton Octavia Akoulitchev Connor Frost Hannah Reed Matty Littlehales Jake Walls

The book that students’ poems will appear in is Poetry Matters 2011—London and The Sound of England and copies will be kept at St Edward’s School Library, the British Library and further libraries across the UK and Ireland. The editorial team for the competition is now considering individual and school winners, who will receive additional prizes. Certificates will be going to Housemasters and Housemistresses.

Depression Tacita McCoy-Parkhill It seeps through your system. A virus, deadly, but keeping your life. It destroys everything. And at the end, you turn to the knife. It has a name. It’s called ‘the Black Dog’ Also known as ‘Depression’, Or SAD, if you hate fog. First you start to feel that nothing is worth your time When your friends are smiling You’re sour, sucking a lime. Soon you can’t stop thinking, what’s the point in this? You hide in the dark and sigh but no-one notices you’re amiss. How long is it before you can’t hold it in anymore? You snap and snarl and stamp and stomp and slam the door. The doctor came and checked you, he can’t see anything wrong. But you know that you don’t have the strength to carry on. And at its worst, when you lie defeated too, no point in the world, even the anger has left you. You are an icecube, don’t have a soul You look at your body, are you really whole? Do you know what’s wrong, because I do? Can you tell you have a black dog following you? I can see the ghost hound, sat on its hind. Its negative thoughts have taken your mind. You have depression, and not just a bout. You’re in a box of darkness, but can you get out? There is hope, in the form of people who know. (If you know anyone who has these symptoms and more, to their doctor they’ve gotta go.)

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Gittings poetry prize Claire Vainker wins this year’s Gittings Poetry Prize


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The teaching of the cherry blossoms

Tower Poetry Rike Sessler’s (L6 ) poem ‘The Teaching of the Cherry Blossoms’ was long-listed by the judges of the Christopher Tower Poetry Prize 2011— Simplicity (Christ Church, Oxford). Open to students aged 16-18, they were asked to write a poem on the topic of ‘simplicity’, interpreting the term in any way they chose. Her poem was recognised for its merit and is published on the Tower Poetry website www.towerpoetry.org.uk

Every spring it grows White and rosy Like translucent velvet Until completely rounded But then Graceful and twirling The cherry blossom falls Every spring We grow and mature But none of us can escape his fate Dying we fall And the cherry blossom falls Cherry blossoms bloom Bees buzzing around them It is so simple And the cherry blossom falls

Adam Al Ghafri Every year, Every day, Every hour, Every minute, Every second, Every moment, Every grain of sand Come, follow, down this road of twisted hollow sorrows, it is here we shall find the tale of man in The blood stains, tears of defeat, victory, deceased, schism, left cigarette butts and broken glass Past, present, future, there’s no first or last, just this hourglass, we shall try to understand In false stance this sand we try to hold in our hands, it slips, we can’t grasp the Savouring, the feeling, the passion, the sorrow, the anger, the pain, at last

For you

We strip these masks we wear with vicarious glance, time to act In act the messages, the meanings, the concepts, as

We are like that day, When the rain poured But the sun shone And we couldn’t decide Who we were, And what we felt.

We must remember, to remember, the

But it doesn’t matter. We are still here. Everything has changed, But we are still here.

We must remember, to remember, The

Past, present, future and The Beginning The End The Beginning Past, present , future and

The beauty, the love, the lust, the sanctuary, is it that Paradoxical? Hypocritical? Maybe, but in actuality there is only Savouring, the feeling, the passion, the meaning, does it matter really? Ignorance is bliss, paradise, pure un-touched ecstasy, could this be this reality? Past, present, future, there’s no first or last, just this hourglass, we shall try to understand The echoing laughs, tears of happiness, simplicity, naivety, left coffee cups and broken insanity Come, follow, down this road of paved white gold, it is here we shall find the tale of humanity in Every year, Every day, Every hour, Every minute, Every second, Every moment, Every grain of sand

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Lars Gladhaug (U6, Sing’s), won top prize in an international essay competition, competing against 50,000 entrants. It is the first time in 25 years that the prize has been won by a UK-based pupil. The Commonwealth Essay Competition is organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society to celebrate creativity by young people all over the world. The prizes are awarded for a range of writing skills, including use of language, insight, humour and originality. Lars was presented with his award at a ceremony at the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) in London on Thursday 14th October. The RCS is an educational charity working to promote international understanding through the modern Commonwealth. As well as its writing competition, the RCS runs film, photography and leadership programmes for young people.

A festival of Lights Every year, when winter is at its stillest and coldest, a flock of glowing lights floats above the far reaches of the Northern Moors. In the early years people thought it a celestial chandelier come to illumine the darkest days of winter; or if heading north, a flight of phoenixes bearing light to the frozen moors. If near to Christmas time, children thought it their letters on the way to fabled Lapland; or if heading south, some exotic birds bound for warmer shores. Of each onlooker, what they thought was the truth behind the lights was as varied as the countries of a continent. I know the truth, for I was there at the beginning. A physics lesson is what began it: a lesson about heat and thermodynamics and the mathematics of convection. Our village was remote and isolated, and bordered only by vast expanses of heath and lonely moorland. There was only one schoolhouse, where the schoolmaster taught us from diagrams on the chalkboard. In the later days of autumn, one year, he taught us our very first lesson in physics. My friends Alice and Benjamin, and I – an inseparable trio – walked home from the school together every day. For many days after, Benjamin would speak constantly of the wonders of heat and air currents and meteorology, and would share with us his fantastical visions of flying ships and of gliding on the winds. He talked of living an entire lifetime aloft in a huge balloon, drifting forever on the uppermost stratospheric air currents, and there seemed no boundaries to his imagination. Before long we began calling him the mad scientist, and scorned his tall delusions. Even the adults, who always wore

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a veneer of sympathy for us children, soon began to weary of his incessant enthusiasm. His ideas were too grand for our little village. You cannot mix mathematics with poetry. But he was persistent, and from day to day his excitement grew stronger, just as the winter came and grew fiercer. He loved to share his every idea with whomever he could – for there were no strangers in our village – and when he began to be shunned by those whom he approached, he did not falter in his invention, and instead committed his fantasies to paper. Countless volumes of sketchbooks and notebooks; innumerable designs and drawings told of his relentless imaginings. It would not be fair to say that we were unsupportive of him, but none of the other children, nor Alice nor I, could conceive such visions as he did. True, we often shared amongst ourselves our vivid dreams of travel and exploration; of all the places not we, nor any in our village, had ever visited. But Benjamin saw what we could not, and as fervently as he tried, he could not make us see as he did. He built small engines that did not run, and a miniature steamboat that sank. He built a device which he professed was a mechanical plough, but in fact looked nothing of the sort, and succeeded only in seizing up at the first trial. One day he decided to send to the Royal Society in London his greatest ideas and his proudest designs. After a few weeks he received a reply, but it was not favourable. We all thought the rejection would mark the end of Benjamin’s scientific career. But his resolve was yet unshaken. Somewhere along the way he had

lost his love for the impossible and the fantastical. He thought more broadly, and more technically, incorporating in his designs mathematical exactitude and scientific reasoning. His dreams of cities amongst clouds were now replaced by visions of great flying constructions; of dirigibles of grand proportions; of airships that never tethered the ground. I recall a certain time when he spoke to us very little, and we could not understand his seclusion. Yet when we saw him he spoke with such excitement, that something, some great idea, had clearly sprung upon his mind. It was only a few days later that an unexpected visitor arrived at the village, and left not in a hurry. Pneumonia, it was called. Four of the youngest children died. I include in my account this event not because I cherish such memories: the deaths of the infants, in an age of advanced medicine and pharmaceutics, could not be accounted for. Their parents blamed the doctor; the doctor blamed the incomprehensible; and despair and frustration shaded the village entire for many days after. They should not have died. When it came time for the funeral it had not snowed for many days, and the air was so still it seemed the wind itself was in mourning. When it finally blew past our silent houses and deserted streets it was as if passing through a flute, in a low and melancholic register, at once both discordant and hollow. The chapel choir sang in despairing tones, and the church bells tolled gravely, in solemn anticipation of requiem. I remember that day there being a power failure, which lasted through the night and into morning. Shorn of our electric lights


we lit candles and fireplaces, and burnt what little coal we had. But even then the village looked, from afar, dimmer than usual. And it snowed. And the snow buried our homes, cheerless as morning frost, beneath a soft blanket of white. I do not know quite exactly why, but the death of the infants fell harder on Benjamin than perhaps any of us other children. He felt as if science had failed them. Before long he approached Alice and I with an idea that, despite the sorrow that enveloped our little world, made us smile. We would build a contraption that could take to the air, and rise so far as to brush the highest Himalayan peak; a vessel that would traverse the vastest oceans, that would voyage to the exotic, to the Orient, and to every place we visited only in our imaginations. Benjamin, of course, designed it. He made sketches and blueprints, and calculations of variables, whilst Alice and I took to the task of assembling the materials. One by one, and in great secrecy, we collected bundles of silk paper from many schools in the county. From the tobacconist we obtained glue, white spirit, a small burner and cotton; and from a neighbour, an old and blackened soup pot. Assembling it took three days, as we glued together the great sheets of silk paper, as soft and as fine as eiderdown, into a sprawling canvas that grew larger and larger, until finally a giant balloon. From Alice’s mother, the seamstress, we borrowed a spool of fine taffeta thread, and used it to weave strengthening patterns in the seams of the balloon. We fashioned a crude basket from the pot, and a built structure that held the burner in place beneath

the mouth of the balloon. Spread fully out on the ground it measured twenty by twenty foot. We named it Aurora. We did not delay, and as soon after completion as possible, we prepared to launch our balloon. Benjamin picked the exact time and day with the precision of a chronometer. He said that in order for the balloon to have enough lift, the air had to be freezing cold, and the burner burning hotly. When it was wind still and quiet, we brought our balloon to a field just beyond the village border. It was late evening, the temperature was twelve points below freezing, and not one cloud marred the night sky. First we pumped cold air into the balloon using a large bellows borrowed from the blacksmith. When it was inflated enough we lit the burner, using white spirit and cotton for fuel. The canvas of the balloon rose steadily, until it was fully round, and tugged at the ropes which tethered it to the ground. The flame of the burner illuminated the balloon entire, and the blazoning light lit up the heath around us. I remember glancing over at Alice, and seeing the orange glow brighten her cheeks to the colour of pale gold. When Benjamin severed the ropes, Aurora rose, gradually at first, then faster and faster, upwards towards the stars. As it rose a wind caught it, and it set a course for due South. Benjamin, for all his drawings and imagination, finally saw his dream aloft. We stayed there until the balloon was but a small speck in the sky, soon lost amongst the stars. That first year our balloon caused a sensation. It had floated above many of the neighbouring towns and villages, where the inhabitants thought it in

equal measure a fallen star or a strange new species of bird, and stories of it were printed in newspapers throughout the county. Of course we never owned up to it, and soon speculation turned to myth. The next year we made five balloons, aided by some other boys in the village. And when five fiery lights floated in the sky that year people all across the moors stopped, and crowded the streets, and bore witness to what they thought was an unearthly migration. It is said that wherever the lights passed overhead, it was as if time itself stood still and held vigil. The following years others made balloons as well, inspired by our first winter launch. Thus began a tradition that exists to this day. Every year, when winter is at its coldest and stillest, people flock to our little village, and launch their own balloons; their own lights, which are borne always by a gentle wind to whichever corner of the compass the air fancies to journey. Of Benjamin, we know little beyond those early years. His family soon moved away, and we lost all contact with him. As for Alice and I, we went our separate ways. But every year, on the night when the balloons are launched, we go back to a hill overlooking the same field, and watch the lanterns take flight, and think of a little boy named Benjamin, whose dream still burns brightly in every flame. For there is not, I think, a dream so fanciful, or a world so remote, that a child cannot imagine it, and in his own mind inhabit it. And so we sit there together, like a binary star, and watch the lanterns rise high, and an envious time pass us by, beneath a timeless starlit sky.

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What business do the arts have in schools? Simon Larter-Evans

Just over forty years ago art historian Kenneth Clark wrote: “I cannot distinguish between thought and feeling, and I am convinced that a combination of words and music, colour and movement can extend human experience in a way that words alone cannot do.”

This was his rationale for television as a medium to explore the vast range of arts that make up what we understand to be civilisation, and by extension, to know ourselves as being civilised. For those of us that have seen the series, and most likely have the accompanying book on our shelves, one only has to glance back at it to see how culturally rich we really are. If we then look forward from that seminal television series to 1980 and Robert Hughes’ programmes and book, ‘The Shock of the New,’ we see how culturally diverse and rapidly changeable the arts can be, and all of it reflections of ourselves. As Hamlet said, “hold as ‘twere the mirror up to nature.” Looking retrospectively at the arts has a kind of telescopic effect, it draws our attention to their huge value in ways that are less easy to do when we are in the thick of creating it anew, in

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the here and now. A great deal of art is controversial in its own time (the audience rioted at the première of Stravinsky’s Le sacré de printemps, and we now have used condoms on beds and heads made of the artist’s own blood in galleries), but few in liberal democracies would argue for it to be suppressed in any way: after all, isn’t that what tyrants and oppressors do? Yet for all the rhetoric of the arts as a marker of civilisation, it is often in the spot-light as funding bodies and governments look to it as an arena from which society might save money. This is no less true in the current climate, and as Michael Billington shows in his comprehensive review of British theatre over the last 60 years in ‘State of the Nation,’ funding has a lot to answer for. What he shows very clearly is that when theatre is thrown to the mercy of free market economies, what we end up with is a race to the bottom and an imbalance towards reductive and empty entertainment. When dramatists, writers, musicians, painters, sculptors, dancers and the like are limited in their opportunity to provoke the public into thought, civilisation begins to diminish and we shrink with it. The romantic ideal of the struggling artist as a spur to invention is a fallacy. So why do we have such a problem identifying with the value of the arts? One route in is to think about the arts as a series of creative processes and judgements, and indeed industry loves this kind of thinking. John Howkins, chairman of BOP Consulting, a business that seeks ‘to understand the economic and social impacts of culture, media and creativity,’ identifies what the ‘creative economies’ are and writes best selling books on how people make money from ideas. The Harvard Business Review regularly asks questions of artists, looking for that seed or spark that might help business leaders make better use of their human capital resources, and management gurus endlessly discuss the need for creative thinkers. Yet terms like ‘art’ are rarely in the index of these texts. Richard Donkin’s excellent book, ‘The Future of Work,’ published in 2010 is seamed with discussions that allude to culture, creativity and ideas of the imagination that will solve problems, as is Will Hutton’s ‘The World We’re In’ where he explores the impact of the New Economy based on technology development and financial trading models. In his conclusion,


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Hutton points to the underpinning of European culture, deep rooted in its own civilisation. He says something very important about social contracts, the idea that we each have reciprocal obligations to the society in which we live that also, “demands a public realm that permits the articulation and expression of what we hold in common.” Our society is now global, and art is the most valuable means by which we can express ideas of “what we hold in common”, especially those for which, as Clark acknowledged, “words alone cannot do”. Even heavyweight social policy documents, such as Polity’s ‘Global Transformations,’ based on many years of original research, mapping the shape and scope of globalisation, puts ‘culture’ alongside politics and economics in its sub-title. When thinking about the world we’re in, we can’t escape ideas of culture, which by default are associative with the arts, yet we are often asked to ignore or pass over the arts in favour of those things that are more obviously valuable because they can be measured in fiscal terms, in terms of progress and in terms of winners and losers. While few address ‘art’ directly, what many of the business commentators have in common is their call not just for creative thinking, but for discipline and craft, and in some instances, for example Hutton, an ethics of social responsibility. This isn’t woolly liberal nonsense, it is about figuring out how we live now and how we thrive in the future in real terms. American choreographer Twyla Tharp says in the Harvard Business Review that it is a mistake to “think that art is not practical – or that business cannot be creative”. She says that artists have “to prepare for it with routine”, what she calls a habit. Our own Dr Mallaband is also of the view that discipline of the mind is important. There are echoes of this sentiment in Donkin’s review of research on 21st Century graduates. While recruiters are keen to employ self-starters and might accommodate risk-takers to open up new opportunities, “they might struggle” Donkin suggests, “with their reluctance to plan, their lack of sustained focus and their impatience.” This is a group that are part of what Donkin calls the “Check-Out culture… that wants it all, and now.”

All this has relevance to a school that is equipping its young people with the tools to thrive, perhaps even lead, in a fast changing world. But where does it leave us in the specific discussion about the arts, an area in which St Edward’s School is so magnificently endowed and equipped? Setting aside how one might define an artist, artists (with good reason) often throw up their arms in dismay at any discussion that wants to bring together ideas of economy with ideas of creation and artistic freedoms. Yet, the positive impact of exposure to and involvement with the arts seems fairly obvious to anyone who has ever had a go at drama, painting, ceramics, music, poetry or dance. As Kevin Roberts, CEO Worldwide of Saatchi and Saatchi, the advertising agency, said in The Times recently: “We live in a world that is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous,” terms that could equally be applied to the process of making art and the judgements needed in the creation of, say, a new play. Make no mistake, the commitment a child gives to a performance at school has many of the same emotional and mental demands as those made on senior executives negotiating a deal – there is a lot at stake. There are few other domains in school life that gets close to that sense of personal exposure, but in a school we know it is a safe place to try things out and, essential for learning, it is safe also to fail in the process of discovery. To take Tharp’s line, expressive art is not easy and it takes time to become good at it and we need to give young people as much opportunity as possible to develop those areas of judgement and skills in themselves. But to argue that the development of skills is the only role for the arts in a school because it hones creative discipline and personal resilience for later life in the economy, is to forget that the arts have so much more to offer. In the following series of articles, we ask teachers, artists and philosophers at St Edward’s what it is about the specific disciplines in the arts offered at the School that make it essential for our young people to be involved.

make no mistake, the commitment a child gives to a performance at school has many of the same emotional and mental demands as those made on senior executives negotiating a deal – there is a lot at stake.

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Cultural Studies:

A Rich Cultural Landscape Neville Creed, Director of Cultural Activities

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There is no doubt in my mind that schools have become more civilised in recent years. The post-war enthusiasm for improvements in education (notably furthered by Rab Butler’s 1944 Education Act) saw great developments in academic and sporting endeavours and good schools were judged largely by their prowess on the rugby field and the number of Oxbridge entries. While good schools are still excellent in these spheres they realise that these are but a part of what is needed. The mission now is to prepare pupils to enter society as happy and civilised individuals as well as being fit and healthy in mind and body. Therefore we aim to provide pupils with the widest possible cultural horizons and we are eager to enhance the opportunities for art, music, drama, dance and design. The tendency of the mass media is to reduce life’s experiences to an entertaining series of grotesque extremes epitomised by the ephemeral two-minute hits on YouTube. We are drawn into an X-Factor world of ‘he’s a star’ and ‘she’s a joke’ or an Apprentice-style ‘he’s fired’ and ‘she’s hired’. However the real world is considerably more complex and it is vital that our charges are aware of its intricacies. The stage, the concert hall, the canvass are there for us to explore the rich tapestries of life, perhaps discover something of ourselves and understand

the complexities of others. There is, and always has been, a large audience for art that looks beyond the simple certainties of popular entertainment. As the mass media turns its back on complexity it becomes increasingly important that we explore it. An honest response to life must be that joy and sadness are often linked and that truth is elusive and our struggle for it is one of the most worthwhile endeavours. Through the arts, the past can come alive and inform our present; the present can be probed and found to be wanting – these explorations add to our understanding of life. Artists throughout the ages and particularly today, in whatever medium they chose to operate, continue to address the contradictory real world. Serious discussion is what we should strive for and serious art is essential to our needs. Here at St Edward’s we endeavour to nourish the whole person and provide breathing spaces for artistic enterprise. Our academic and sporting activities are splendid but we are also proud to provide extensive and excellent opportunities in the arts. Through the professional programme of art, drama and music at The North Wall our pupils are able to experience the work of the very best practising artists who inspire and challenge us in workshops and performances. We employ an inspiring team of full-time and visiting teachers who have reached the highest levels in their own fields and are eager to offer inspiration and direction to the pupils. We aim to direct the highly talented, encourage the reluctant, nurture potential and thus raise the confidence of our pupils as they enter a complicated and uncertain world. A rich cultural landscape is integral to a civilised society and our aim is not only to enhance our own school environment but to strengthen and nourish society as a whole by providing it with well-adjusted individuals capable of expanding their own horizons as well as offering inspiring insight into this fascinating and enthralling world.


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Art and philosophy:

Plato, Paul and Bergman Dr Philip Mallaband

A ‘wicked lie’ asserts Plato of Homer’s Iliad in Book III of The Republic. The charge is made against representative art that it points to untruth (hence the ‘lie’), and when that untruth is moral untruth, art corrupts (hence the ‘wicked’). Philosophy and art are seen as pointing in opposite directions – the former towards the Realm of Ideas and truth (the greatest of which is the ideal of moral goodness), and the latter leads us towards untruth if we allow ourselves to be taken in by the artist’s supposed deceit. To understand this claim, we need a brief outline of the Platonic view of the nature of reality (which we find in Book VII of The Republic). Plato holds that the human condition is such that we find ourselves inhabiting a world that contains only the shadows of truth, that we experience only reflections of true reality. Truth is not to be found in our world, but only in the Realm of Ideas, which we access, not through experience, but rather through reason and philosophy. Perfection belongs to the Realm of Ideas, whereas in the world of experience we find only imperfect material copies of the perfect ideas. His view of art is that art-objects are twice removed from reality (hence contemplation of art takes us further away from the truth than does experience of the material world), as they are imperfect copies of imperfect copies of perfect reality: a painting of a tree is a lesser embodiment of a perfect tree than is the tree that grows in my garden. Rather than refute Plato’s ‘wicked lie’ charge by arguing that his view of the nature of reality is incorrect, I will show how art has the resources to reveal truth (transcendental or otherwise), in which case art and philosophy can have the same Platonic end: the satisfaction of our appetite for knowledge. This will be illustrated with Ingmar Bergman’s Through a Glass Darkly (1961), which, I maintain,

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is a piece of philosophy, indeed one that Plato might recognise. In outlining the philosophical credentials of this film, (at least) the possibility of a cognitive value of art is established, and a reason for our engagement with art provided. Through a Glass Darkly speaks the language of Platonism as the title is taken from St Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, Chapter 13 (nothing hangs on whether we should think of Paul as a Platonist): ‘For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.’ In this film, and another two that form a trilogy (Winter Light and The Silence), Bergman questions the possibility of experiencing God. Even if we were to resist the identification of the Christian God with Plato’s ideal of moral goodness, it remains clear that Bergman is interested in the very issue that lies at the heart of both The Republic and 1 Corinthians 13: that the Realm of Ideas is inaccessible to most of us; and that we (generally) fail to see reality clearly. Plato’s claim that we find ourselves in a world containing only shadows of truth is illuminated by three allegories, the most well known being his Allegory of the Cave. The parallels between this and the narrative structure of Through a Glass Darkly are striking. In the Allegory of the Cave, people are restrained with chains in a cave so that all they can see are shadows that are projected onto the wall facing them from objects passing in front of the light that is emitted by a fire behind them. The idea is that these cave dwellers take the shadows to be real—after all, they have no experience of anything else. However, sometimes people escape, and leave the cave, thus experiencing reality. When they return to the cave to share their knowledge of the true nature of reality, their claims are rejected.

Through a Glass Darkly begins with playwright David, son Minus, daughter Karin and her husband Martin landing upon a small island shrouded in thick fog. The family is somewhat dysfunctional, the reasons for which include David’s lack of any kind of emotional attachment to his family—he simply uses them as material for his stage plays. Karin suffers from schizophrenia, and her illness allows her to escape the confines of her claustrophobic existence on the island, and experience the transcendental (God in the form of a giant spider), which leads her to what William James (in his The Varieties of Religious Experience) thinks of as ‘the state of assurance’, and what Bergman (in his Images: my life in film) refers to as ‘conquered certainty’. Just as those prisoners in Plato’s allegory who break free from their chains and then return to the cave struggle to convince those still chained to the walls of the true nature of reality, so Karin’s family see her report of having seen God as a function of her illness, and they arrange for a helicopter to airlift her to hospital. The conclusion that we may take from this is that in Through a Glass Darkly, Bergman is showing us exactly the same thesis concerning our relationship with the transcendental as Plato describes in The Republic. And, if this line can be maintained, the film is a piece of art that is pursuing the same end as Platonic philosophical endeavour. Hence an artwork may possess the same cognitive value as philosophy. Regardless of our view of Plato’s understanding of the human condition— Bergman himself draws the conclusion that we are capable of experiencing only the absence of a transcendental loving god in the final part of the trilogy, The Silence—we might think it worthwhile to seek out (and create) artworks that provoke and question our own muddied and unclear philosophical views about the nature of reality and our place within it.


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Truth is not to be found in our world, but only in the Realm of Ideas, which we access, not through experience, but rather through reason and philosophy. Perfection belongs to the Realm of Ideas, whereas in the world of experience we find only imperfect material copies of the perfect ideas.

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A conversation with

Lucy Maycock

Director of The North Wall How do you begin to choose a school play? I believe that if you are going to create art that is of any use to anyone, it must be focused on the students; they have to have a connection with it. If you approach it as a numbers game, for example, casting with no one over the age of 30, and with 40 people in it, the problem is that it becomes schematic and is a cold way of starting out. It does a disservice to your students. That said, I wouldn’t choose a play that was out of the students’ emotional or imaginative range – if the students can’t relate to the work it won’t get ‘under their skin’. But I would choose something that is going to be intellectually challenging. I think that is the responsibility of school drama. Yes, it’s fun but it also needs to educate emotionally as well as intellectually. As for my own engagement – I don’t start thinking ‘what do I want to direct?’, but if I don’t include myself then the process will be under-served. I have to find my own hook into the work. And that has to be challenging – for example: Henry V set in the context of the war in Afghanistan. People might ask, ‘How can you do 80 | St Edward’S ChroniClE 2010/11

Henry V? The French are all older, and how are you going to do all these characters’. Well, sure, you aren’t going to find a 40 year old Mistress Quickly who has experience of running a pub. You might not find a seasoned campaigner to play Fluellen but instead of character detail you think about the spirit of the play and the spirit of the young actors. When I forge a connection between the students I know, I look for what is essential about them and then help them make the connection between their experience and the experience of the character. It doesn’t have to be soul-searching and deeply personal – it could just be a similarity in energy, a shared love for something, a shyness or a tendency to evade. This connection stops acting being impersonal, allowing it to become more of a revelation, for them and for the audience. However, if the subject matter of the play is too adult or remote (and this is why Chekov is so difficult because it is all about missed opportunity, and a youth that didn’t bear fruit and about disappointment), it is difficult for young people to get behind. I adore Chekov – he’s my favourite dramatist next to Shakespeare but he is really difficult for young people to perform. His plays deal so much with the comedy of compromise, lives

that are full of missed opportunities. Young actors can’t bear that. ‘Why don’t they just GO to Moscow!’ – that’s the typical response to The Three Sisters. But Henry V is a young actor’s play because it is all about conquering fear and growing into yourself. The essence of the play is available to the young.

What is a school play for? I think that schools must use the school play as much as a tool of education as of anything else they do, and that is why I would insist on great writing. When young people get next to great writing they grow as actors and people. So, when I am looking back on the plays I have directed here, Sophocles ticks that box, Timberlake Wertenbaker’s play (Our Country’s Good) does because it engages with big issues and it made students think and research and debate. Good by C.P. Taylor involved a complex understanding of moral choices – we really had to talk our way through that one. And in a rehearsal room where there is no conversation, no debate – it is less interesting. I don’t mind if plays are controversial, although that can be difficult and I certainly wouldn’t choose plays that are deliberately provocative or perverse. And yes, the school play should be about fun and collaboration and should teach young people the value of ensemble. That is why you try to involve as many people in it as possible but, of course, it is not always possible to accommodate everyone. I would make a comparison to the rugby teams and the first XV; not every can be in the first team, but everyone does get access to working with drama. But I do think that this particular generation is beset by images of X Factor and Fame Academy and Britain’s Got Talent, and so unlike try-outs for sports teams, theatre auditions are so much more loaded. The


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business of saying to somebody, ‘actually this time, there isn’t a spot for you’ is increasingly difficult, but unless you go after the best we can do, you let all the children down eventually. Of course there is an obligation to involve as many as possible, and that is why we do musicals and big Shakespeare plays.

What type of plays do you look out for? We mostly do revivals, as opposed to brand new plays, and that means we’re doing work that has some kind of recognition. We know it works in the theatre. It isn’t entirely uncharted territory. But with each one, I start with, ‘what is its connection for them, the students, now?’ They always need an objective correlative. You’re not asking them to impersonate, what I want them to have is a genuine connection with the material, so that means they have to be drawing on what they know of themselves. Young people want a forum where they can explore the whole of themselves. A lot of their education is divided up; it addresses bits of their personality. In the rehearsal room you can use all of them, and use them in collaboration with their peers without it being a popularity contest. And that is another thing I believe in, the ensemble play: plays with choruses, feelings of a multitude or where explosive energy can be harnessed, and young people have energy in bucket loads. I’m not looking all the time to do plays that are naturalistic, that’s quite difficult for young actors. I quite like forcing them into making difficult stylistic choices, and if you give them specific tasks to do on stage, particularly physical actions, that releases them from the anxiety of success. And that’s the other great revelation; they go through the process, they start with the worry of whether they are

going to be any good, and they leave behind the idea of self interest, they get somewhere and have a collective experience. Watching them go from being anxious about failing to being released into a collective experience, that for me is an education and a deeply moving experience. And along the way they learn something. I’m not interested in purposebuilt mini-plays that deal with drinking, or eating disorders, or social networking. I think they get enough of that. I want them to reach up, and I think that if you don’t reach up with great art, you don’t have a chance to really expand your imagination. When you see young people stand on stage with confidence, their feet firmly on the floor, looking at each other and making a connection with each other, and being free of some of the burdens of being an adolescent, that is very moving.

Should people worry about art being political? I do choose plays with a contemporary relevance. Our Country’s Good, for instance, has relevance with current cuts in the arts. That matters, because I think that creates political thinkers. And a political thinker will engage with the world that they inhabit. Sometimes approaching a political debate through character and situation can have a greater effect than a lecture or an article in a newspaper. One of the scenes I most enjoyed in Our Country’s Good was the scene called ‘The Authorities Debate the Merits of Theatre’ – the stage was full of young actors engaging with a complex debate about the nature of punishment and the value of arts in a civilised society. Placing them within the debate rather than asking them to be an audience to the politics, gave them the confidence to articulate their own points of view in the rehearsal room. I think we have a

duty to offer children the chance to be confident political thinkers, whatever their perspective. They need to know how to articulate and defend their ideas as well as how to ‘stand in another’s shoes’ and appreciate an opposite point of view.

What is the North Wall for? First and foremost it is a space for both curricular and co-curricular dance, drama and art in the school. And that is important to remember because without that it would not be in the right place, it might as well be anywhere in Oxford. But as an arts centre it is situated in an institution that could be inward looking; the School has a schedule that is unlike the ‘real world’. The School is a necessarily self sustaining world, but the more connection it can make with the world on the other side of the wall, and this is where I think the vision of this School is brilliant, the better it is for both the students and that world. Closed spaces are like gated communities, and they don’t thrive in the end because they became fearful, or increasingly narrow. St Edward’s has led the way in understanding that and combatting insularity. I also think that private education institutions have a moral duty to share, and this is how the leadership at St Edward’s is inspiring. Not only is this sharing of benefit to the community both in Oxford and the county but it also benefits the students of the School. Students need to be able to rub up against people in the arts world – people who are out there, making new work, at the cutting edge of what they do and the School needs that fresh air. And the public can come in and see it too. The School has done that beautifully – by providing a door onto South Parade as well as a door onto the School and by allowing the space to St Edward’S ChroniClE 2010/11 | 81


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What is the outreach programme for?

be shared between a public programme and a busy teaching schedule. What we have proven is that these needs can coexist, and that collaborations like this are possible. Public and private. Schools all over should have artists and scientists and designers, musicians, writers coming on to the campus. It’s cross pollination.

What are the benefits for young people? The central mission of the North Wall is to break down the barriers for young people going off into the world to make their own work. That is why we run an extensive outreach programme that puts young emerging artists in all disciplines together with people currently working in the profession. By working alongside arts professionals and understanding the process by which you might create your own work in the future, the young people develop a muscular attitude about creativity. And the professional artists have a chance to explore ideas in a truly inspirational space. It becomes like a laboratory and a meeting place, with all involved gaining an experience of moving ideas through a process and towards production. Not just drama, but music and dance, and hopefully in the future film making. Eventually I want the North Wall to be able to make its own work. I think the theatre could be a ‘home’ to a resident company drawn from Oxfordshire based artists as well as providing space and rehearsal opportunities to one or two national touring companies. Even if you are not someone who participates in the North Wall’s various outreach opportunities, the place is used and is valued by the students here at the school; they might have drama lessons here, see art shows, hear music, watch films, have dance class and so on.

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I think it is an extraordinary advertisement for the school. As a parent, I’d be pretty impressed with the quality and the variety of the work here. We have one of the most exciting arts programmes anywhere in the country, and it’s being noticed. I get so many calls from other schools asking me to visit them and explain how we do it. And I don’t want the word ‘young’ to be the only obsession here. What places like the North Wall can do for the arts is to provide a space for all kinds and ages of artists to make work, and I think that is a profoundly moral thing to do. If you believe that the arts actually do enrich lives, and make us better and more engaged people, that the arts civilise us, and I believe that profoundly, then I think we need to open this up, not narrow its field of view. I think that when we try to put a price on that, if we try to say that it is for this and this and this, then that is too formulaic and you maybe miss a trick. We have to follow our creative noses, and make connections, with people in the School across all the disciplines, and with people outside. For me it is self evident that if a place like this could be laboratory where people could experiment out of the glare of public performance and the pressure of’ bums on seats’, then we have the chance to really discover something new. I suppose it is possible to look at something and ask ‘what is the direct benefit?’ But I would argue that any designer or inventor would say that if you head only for the results then you never do any inventive thinking, and you miss so many opportunities, and realisations, and children especially might never discover what they are really good at. Accountancy is vital for making budgets but it is not a tool for making art. Give the experience a ‘price’, try to measure it in ‘outcomes’ and you miss the point.

To create a climate of creativity. To provide opportunities to emerging artists. To educate. To include. To provoke and develop new ideas. Our outreach covers a variety of different activities – from large scale projects that link nationally auditioned young performers with established artists in the exploration and creation of a new piece of work, to workshops with local school groups, to providing rehearsal and technical support to local artists. It is ‘for’ a number of things – it makes the North Wall a resource for the people of Oxford, it provides artistic and educational opportunities for young people and, in its national work, it brings together emerging artists with professionals. Most of the bigger projects take place in the school holidays – when the space is not needed for school drama and dance. I am hoping to develop more outreach opportunities that take place during term time – initiatives that are more focused on Oxfordshire based artists. I would like to see the outreach programme result in work made at The North Wall touring to other venues, transferring to a fringe venue in London or playing at the Edinburgh Festival. But it is an immensely complicated jigsaw to make that work. You have to negotiate with two very different systems – the system of the School’s timetable with its forward planning and its deadlines and the system of seasonal programming with audience expectations, budgets, brochures, ticketing... Finding the times and the opportunities for us to make our own work is going to be challenging but exciting. The school works on terms, whereas the North Wall works through the year. And, of course, on top of that, everything that is developed or programmed here has to make educational sense...This is a School building and the heart of its mission is the education of young people. So what I always have to remember is that the school and the North Wall have different needs, but also work intimately together. It’s no good me getting frustrated that sometimes the needs of the school have a different emphasis than the needs of a public arts centre, or for us teaching at St Edward’s to get twitchy that the North Wall has to satisfy a number of functions; the two organisations have to fancy each other because they are different. And that is very exciting, and when our students see us do that, they see us negotiate difference. They are going to have to do that in the world of work – to make work opportunities, think creatively, take risks, become confident about being in public, owning their own opinions but listening to the opinions of others. So to see us as adults doing something that schools don’t always do – breaking new ground, taking risks...that would make me want to be at a school like this, because I would think there is room then to negotiate and make the best of myself. As E. M. Forster said: ‘Only connect’. That is the key.


We still need books Head of English Jason Clapham writes about the continuing relevance of reading.

Jason Clapham (left) being inspired

Look around you on the train, in Starbucks, or watch our pupils crossing the quad in the evening, and reading of a certain sort cannot be said to be an outmoded pastime: email, SMS, twitter, iPhones and tablets mean that so much of our communication is textual that we can be said to be reading, albeit in snatches, all day long. But what about the prolonged, leisured reading of literary works? We are told that our culture is becoming increasingly illiterate, that a good book cannot hope to compete against the allure of the electronic media as a form of entertainment. Certainly it is true that boys, in particular, seem to be reading less and less for pleasure. Our bookshops are evidently well aware of this fact: walk into Waterstones and you are invariably greeted with tabletop displays that are most certainly “gendered” – they know their market. At the same time, the media exhorts us to read. Last year the Times Educational Supplement carried an article featuring a university admissions tutor who complained that undergraduates seem increasingly unable to tackle their course reading

lists, or even to concentrate for long enough to follow the argument of a lecture (a concern reiterated in the Nuffield Report). In the BBC programme “Why Reading Matters”, aired in 2009, Rita Carter argued that the latest evidence from neuroscience shows that reading is able to unlock mental abilities which otherwise fail to develop. In April this year the Telegraph printed a piece eloquently titled, “Reading as a teenager gets you a better job”, reporting on evidence from Mark Taylor of Oxford Univesity. Interesting as such commentators are, I cannot help feeling that they are missing the point. Certainly, reading is beneficial in these and, I am sure, many other measurable ways. But reading matters more, in the same sense that education is more than the accumulation of tangible qualifications and aptitudes. When asked my favourite novel, I usually answer Far From the Madding Crowd, not for its literary qualities so much as a feeling – it is one of the books that has meant the most to me. I remember exactly where I was when I read much of it: sitting on a pallet in the yard of an East

Worthing injection moulding factory. To afford my InterRail ticket I had to spend part of my summer holiday making casino chips, toys for Christmas crackers and clothes pegs. Every day at noon I would find a corner and read for the entire lunch hour; for sixty minutes exactly, I would be somewhere else. So perhaps escapism is partly why novels are indispensable. Asking around amongst colleagues in other departments, it seems that their favourite books are often those that offer up the richest world to the reader: Sophie Pollard (Chemistry) names Brideshead Revisited as her favourite, Tony Snell (Boat Club) names Maxim Gorky’s My Childhood, Linda Lyne (Classics) Howard’s End, Mary Trotman (Learning Support) Madame Bovary, and Vaughan Abigail (MFL) Explosion in a Cathedral by Alejo Carpentier. Each evokes, as Hardy, rich visions of a world that seems utterly remote and, without these texts, inaccessible. But I prefer another, perhaps more fanciful, explanation of the importance of reading. Books are perhaps the most readily available source of beauty in our lives, and, as such, do not need to be “useful” for anything. The books that move us the most deeply matter because, though we may not call it such, beauty is so important to us. It becomes more important the more we feel we are surrounded by chaos, futility, materialism or ugliness. The fundamental need we all have for beauty is perhaps best summarised by philosophers such as Roger Scruton, whose Beauty (2009) argues that it is part of our essential humanity visible; the impulse to create and admire beauty is impulse identifiable in every civilisation the world has produced, and in the very first creative acts of early childhood. “Our need for beauty”, he adds, is not something we could lack and still be fulfilled as people. It is a need arising from our metaphysical condition … We can wander through the world alienated, resentful, full of suspicion and mistrust; or we can find our home here, coming to rest in harmony with others and ourselves. The experience of beauty guides us along this second path. Reading novels is enjoyable, enriching, and is certainly useful to us in many ways, but ultimately that is not why books are so important. Far From the Madding Crowd mattered to me in the factory yard, still matters to me, because it is so beautiful. Perhaps that should be enough. St Edward’s Chronicle 2010/11  |  83


Academic Awards Promotions for 2010/11

Class & Prep Individual Effort Prizes

Sixth Form Academic Example Prizes

Fifth Form Exam Prizes

The Scholarship Board met in June 2010, for the next academic year, and announced the following promotions:

Autumn Term 2010

Autumn Term 2010

This term, prizes went to the top two effort scorers (taking into account class and prep) in each form of the Shells and to the top effort scorer per house in the Fourth Form.

HMs were invited to submit the names of the Lower Sixth Former and Upper Sixth Former who, in the eyes of the HM and Tutors, set the best academic example in house during the term. HMs and Tutors set their own criteria in deciding on the names.

In December, the Fifth Form sat their trial GCSE examinations. In the view of their tutors and HMs, the following worked the hardest to achieve the results they did:

Promoted from Sports Exhibitioner to Sports Scholar Helen Baddeley William Cornish

Congratulations to the following.

Emily Sandom

Promoted to Sports Scholar

Shells

Lucy Poffley

Shell C

Bubble Baddeley

Amy Burrows

D

Emma Cadoux-Hudson

Bethany Reed

K

Hamish Atkinson

Shell F

Alex Smith

Molly Healy

D

Feroz Beg

Lal Kanatli

K

Promoted to Sports Exhibitioner Nancy Purle Claira Miesegaes Haider Ali Bhatti Lily Davies Charlie Blanchard

Promoted from Art Exhibitioner to Art Scholar Laura Clifford Freddie Crossley Nettle Grellier

Promoted to Art Scholar Isabelle Josephs

Promoted to Art Exhibitioner

Congratulations to the following.

Shell H Eleanor Lloyd

J

Charles Hayes-Newington

B

Octavia Akoulitchev

K

Shell K George Henry

F

Charlotte Findlay

D

Shell P Emma Cheng Ellie Cross

J K

A

Will Morgan

B

Joseph Barr

C

Cecilia Hunt

D

Robin Atkins

E

Billy Metcalfe

F

Ronnie Bulford

G

A

Mann Konuntakiet

H

Brian Leung

B

Amira Serhani

Freddie Kerr-Dineen

C

Ella Phillips

K

Jessie Lai

D

Lizzie Grant

M

Bernard Kay

E

Sam Parkinson

Mark Saville

F

Katha Osathanugrah

G

Darcy Ogston

H

Bella Ogston

J

Isabelle Josephs

K

Polly Mainds

M

Congratulations to these pupils on setting such an excellent example.

Honorary Awards September 2010

Honorary Academic Scholars

Upper Sixth Max Narula

A

Patrick Burrows

Lars Gladhaug

B

Xander Garbett

Charles Harries-Jones

C

Polly Mainds

Maxine Mackintosh

D

Nicole Rapeport

Hector Ahern

E

A

Richard Wise

F

Honorary Academic Exhibitioners

Shell S Tacita McCoy-Parkhill

M

Sasha Jennings

M

Fourths Ibrahim Ait-Tahar

Lower Sixth

Darius Laud

Alice Railton

Danny Golubchenko

B

Ben Havey

G

George Adams

Millie Edwards

Rob Fletcher

C

Freddie Crossley

H

Greg Argov

Ned Carr

Lucy Poffley

D

Katie Battcock

Promoted to Music Exhibitioner

Sam Lebus

E

Clio Chartres

K

Emily Fletcher

Sam Macdonald-Smith

Frazer Martin

F

Katie Pfeiffer

M

Isabella Ogston

Promoted to Drama Exhibitioner (for their invaluable backstage contributions)

Ben Tavener

G

Fin Kettlewell

H

Sarah Fletcher

J

Antonia Webb

Helen Baddeley

K

Miles Fisher

Harriet Mainds

M

Promoted to Dance Exhibitioner Molly Pigott Camilla English

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J

Bubble Baddeley

Mark Saville

J


Academic awards

Prep Excellence Prizes

Class & Prep Individual Effort Prizes

Academic Example Prizes

Awards

Spring Term 2011

Spring Term 2011

Spring Term 2011

February 2011

These are awarded to year-groups in houses who, collectively, achieve the highest density of excellence grades for prep. Each winning group received a prize of £100, transferred into house funds, to be spent at the discretion of the HM, tutors and pupils. A certificate is also awarded for display in house.

This term, prizes went to the top two effort scorers (taking into account class and prep) in each form of the Shells and to the top effort scorer per house in the Fourth Form.

Music Scholarships

Congratulations to the following.

HMs were invited to submit the names of the Fifth Former, Lower Sixth Former and Upper Sixth Former who, in the eyes of the HM and Tutors, set the best academic example in house during the term. HMs and Tutors set their own criteria in deciding on the names.

Shells

Congratulations to the following.

Congratulations to the winners of the prizes in Spring Term 2011:

Shell C Amy Burrows

D

Bethany Reed

K

Shells

Shell F

Tilly’s House (boys)

Molly Healy

D

Macnamara’s House (girls)

George English

B

Shell H

Fourth Form

Eleanor Lloyd

Avenue House (girls)

Octavia Akoulitchev

Segar’s House (boys)

Shell K George Henry

Scholarship Examinations 2011 Academic Scholarships Camille Bonini (Marlston House) Sir Edgar Williams Scholarship Henry Johnson (King’s Canterbury Junior School) Douglas Bader Scholarship Poppy Kettlewell (Dragon School) Egerton Scholarship for Classics

Prunelle Ayache William Bull

J K F M F

Shell P Emma Cheng Louis Pennington

Francisco Posada New College School Justin Wong Papplewick

Music Exhibitions Rina Fusa Dragon School

Fifth form Harvey Du

Matthew Bailey Tanglin School, Singapore

A

William Morgan

B

Alex Dickens

C

Holly Ogdon

D

Alex Hayes

E

Ruairi Willis

F

Angus Spratling

G

Mikey Dicks

H

Andrew Wyles Dulwich College Prep School

All Rounder Awards Celia Hodgson Westbourne House Rina Fusa Dragon School Henry Johnson King’s Canterbury Junior School

Katie McGirr

K

Hamish Morton Port Regis

Lizzie Grant

M

Art Scholarship

Chantelle Endeley

J

Lower Sixth

Benjamin Grainger The Beacon

J

Sam Parkinson

A

G

Patrick Burrows

B

Art Exhibition

Freddie Kerr-Dineen

C

Shaun Thomas Caldicott

Shell S Jemima Lyon

K

Emma Cadoux-Hudson

D

Bella Weston

M

Beer Kawatkul

E

Drama Scholarship

William Foster

F

Sam Williams Pinewood

Fourths

Katha Osathanugrah

G

Nick Womersley

H

Ibrahim Ait-Tahar

A

Chanon Ninneonnon

B

Rob Fletcher

C

William Bailey Summer Fields

Lucy Poffley

D

Harry Black St Martin’s, Ampleforth

Sam Lebus

E

Frazer Martin

F

Upper Sixth

Jake Colman

G

George Parris

A

Jamie D’Alton

H

Lars Gladhaug

B

Dance Exhibitions

Flora Cameron Watt

J

Hector Besant

C

Masha Maslovskaya

K

Cara Mills

D

Grace Allen Dragon School

Harriet Mainds

M

Simon Barrington-Ward

E

Claira Miesegaes

M

George Simon

F

M

Charlie Harris

G

Patrick Hinton

H

Academic Exhibitions

Hamish Morton Port Regis

Music Scholarship Viktoria Fichtenbauer Danube International School

Megan Brittan

Drama Exhibition

Hannah Reed

K

Lucy Kellock Cheam School

Sophie Neal

M

Dance Scholarship

Emily Fletcher

J

Alice Railton

J

Fiona Shajko

K

Katie Pfeiffer

M

Lydia Jones-Parry Yateley Manor Prep School

Emma Isola Sotogrande International School

Sports Exhibition Flora King Swanbourne House

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academic promotions Summer 2011 The Scholarship Board met on Thursday 8 July and, in the light of recommendations from teachers, performance over the year and examination results, was delighted to announce the following academic promotions:

Shells promoted from academic Exhibition to Honorary academic Scholarship: Helen Baddeley

promoted to Honorary academic Scholarship: Robert Fletcher Theo Gerrard-Anderson Sam Lebus

promoted to Honorary academic Exhibition: Matthew Lewinton Claira Miesegaes Freddie Moore Bryony Spensley

awards 2010/11

Results of Lower Sixth Entrance Examinations

The Scholarship Board met to consider the pupils in the Fifth Form and, on the recommendations of teachers, was delighted to announce the following promotions into Academic Exhibitions:

September 2011

fourth form

Robin Atkins

promoted from academic Exhibition to Honorary academic Scholarship:

Alex Dickens

Holly Ogdon

promoted to Honorary academic Exhibition: Mikey Dicks Many congratulations to all the above.

Justin Firoozan Mann Konuntakiet Patrick Nagle Ella Phillips Anna Schroder Amira Serhani Josie Williams Many congratulations to these pupils for the scholarly example they set.

Cooper Scholarship Elizabeth Isles Blackheath High School

academic Scholarshp Aria Ahari Allameh Tabatabaei, Tehran Gerda Bachrati Bartholomew School, Witney Maximilian Baege Zurich International School Ievgenii Gettse Private Tutors Bali Lee Tanglin Trust School, Singapore Felix Shaffner Thomasschule, Leipzig

academic Exhibition Benjamin Bowers University College School Zayed Kardar Aitchison College, Pakistan Chloe Timms Wycombe Abbey Georgia Verdon The Warriner School, Banbury Nicole Vossius Tutzing Gymnasium Julia Wynn Monkton Senior School

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music Scholarship Elizabeth Isles Blackheath High School

music Exhibition Charity Haines St Swithun’s, Winchester Claudia Posada Fawcett Oxford High School Gail Tasker Wycombe Abbey

Sports Scholarship Scott Critchley Wade Deacon High School Molly Thorp Luckley Oakfield School

Sports Exhibition William de Quant St Stephens School, Florida Saif Kazim Slough Grammar School

art Scholarship Darcy Davies Peponi Secondary School, Kenya Camilla Tanzi Sir James Henderson School, Milan

Dance Exhibition Chloe Timms Wycombe Abbey


The Wardens and their Common Rooms The Second Fifty Years (1914-1964)

The

Pillars on which the School

Rests

Chris Nathan, OSE, School Archivist

The commencement of the second fifty years in the life of St Edward’s School coincided with the outbreak of the ‘war to end all wars’ with all its attendant implications for both teaching staff and pupils. To add to these momentous times, in 1913 the Wardenship of the school had only recently changed hands from John Millington Sing to The Reverend William Ferguson. Ferguson’s appointment was helped by being his predecessor’s recommendation, based on a long-time personal relationship which began with the time spent together as Assistant Masters at St Edward’s fifteen years earlier. By 1913 Ferguson was a master at Lancing College, having earlier been ordained, and his appointment was universally accepted without the need to advertise the vacancy. The only possible rival might have been Wilfrid Cowell, now in his thirty-third year at the school, who it was rumoured was offered the job but had turned it down. But by his own admission his strength was ‘not a commander, but an excellent Number One, an incomparable lieutenant, but no captain’. Cowell was known as ‘Poif’ by the boys: just why is not recorded and amongst his many contributions to the school he produced numerous school theatrical extravaganzas which included the youthful Laurence Olivier in the early Twenties, as well as editing the Chronicle for twenty years.

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The pupils noticed an immediate change: ‘We had been accustomed to a man always a few steps ahead up the hill, but the new Warden seemed to walk by our side, full of sympathy and understanding, ready to help us on. Sing we had felt could not possibly have any failings or weaknesses. Ferguson was anxious for us to know that he was human’. Amongst the new Warden’s goals was ‘to eliminate from the school the remnants of a Victorian toughness that was becoming outmoded’ and one of his earliest actions was the introduction of hot water to some parts of the school – an ‘unheard of luxury’, with the masters’ rooms being amongst the first beneficiaries! In the last year of peace, there had been significant changes in the staff, including John Bussell’s much lamented departure to Marlborough College, replaced by Nicholas Hammond who also took over his Set C, the Lower Fourth and ‘the modern side work’ – ‘a most engaging and delightful teacher. He was full of mannerisms, so that, even if one were not interested in what he said, one was always bemused by the way he said it; a dangerous, rather unbalanced influence in the school, but an attractive man’. Another pre war loss was Arthur Weller to Wolverley Grammar School – ‘a man of small stature but tremendous enthusiasm. He was too kind to be a disciplinarian and his manner of speech was easily and frequently imitated’. Sing described him as ‘one of the best teachers he ever knew’. Responsible for teaching the French language, he was also a most efficient and enthusiastic officer in the O.T.C. and was also responsible for the school shop. Ferguson’s era of twelve years encompassed the introduction of forty new names in the Common Room (thirty left during this time), including emergency and temporary appointments to replace others going to war. Included was the first mistress to teach at the school, a Miss Sylvia Richards ‘Scholar of Girton College, Cambridge (First Class, Classical Tripos), who filled in for an illness and took over the Lower Fourth’ – she departed in the Easter Term of 1919 ‘having stayed a term longer than she had intended’. A second mistress, Miss L. Greenwood, arrived as Richards left, again on a temporary assignment, to take over the Remove – just how long she lasted is unrecorded. It would be many years before the third female teacher joined the school’s Common Room. The outbreak of hostilities totally disrupted Ferguson’s plans for the school as pupils and staff (both Common Room and ‘servants’) streamed to the recruitment offices, spurred on by the heady nationalistic fervour of the times. Seven of the school’s Prefects were immediately commissioned and before long ‘almost every boy left automatically on his eighteenth birthday’ to join up. Seven masters would offer their services during the years of the Great War, with only three returning. Frank Barnes O.S.E. returned to the school as a teacher in 1914, but one year later he had to relinquish both his Set (the first time an Old Boy had been a Tutor of his own Set) and command of the O.T.C., to go to war. The Reverend Vyvyan Hope O.S.E. was another Common Room member to enlist in 1917 whose tremendous capacity for work meant that, on his departure for the front, it took the five other masters to share his load. Amongst the replacement staff members taken on in Oxford were several who could be best described as ‘well meaning and very definitely temporary for the duration of the war’, but there was also a central number whose time at the school would last well on after the war ended. Included in this latter category were W.M.W. Shackleton, The Reverend J.W. Griffiths and B. ‘George’ Segar who between them would offer fifty-eight years of accumulated 88  |  St Edward’s Chronicle 2010/11

Ferguson W.H. 1915

Cowell W.H.A.

Barnes F.

Segar G.H., Menzies K. & Gauntlett J.M.D.

W.M.W. Shackleton ... ‘he always had fingers heavily stained with cigarette nicotine and generally an aroma of beer on his breath. How he survived generations of cruel ragging will never be known’ (O.S.E.).

service to the school. Shackleton was described as ‘a gentle humble soul, his teaching of smaller boys in the Third Form was by no means that bad, although he was a very poor disciplinarian, his influence upon the school was, none the less, on the whole, of considerable benefit’. He was a cousin of Sir Ernest Shackleton, the arctic explorer, and nicknamed ‘Shack’ – ‘he always had fingers heavily stained with cigarette nicotine and generally an aroma of beer on his breath. How he survived generations of cruel ragging will never be known’ (O.S.E.). Griffiths, ‘Johnny Gripes’, was ‘very Welsh’, taught Classics and was renowned for ‘reading horrific ghost stories to his junior Set members on Sunday evenings before Evensong’. B.G. Segar (not to be confused with the higher profile Gerard Segar O.S.E. – after whom the school House was later named) was known as ‘George’ to his colleagues and ‘Binks’ to the boys. He became recognised in his thirty-one years of service for ‘his meticulous courtesy, his mammoth French classes and his brilliance as a cartoonist’. He was a bachelor who lived with his two spinster sisters in the Woodstock Road and was a devout Catholic. ‘He


The Pillars on which the School Rests

Otc field day 1914 led by a J. Weller

Morgan D.F., Hammond N.W., Hope V. C. 1916

Tilly A.

had a curiously crooked nose. All right if he was treated right, but not one with whom to cross swords’ (O.S.E.)! The challenge of maintaining discipline in wartime was something as completely untried as it was unexpected to Ferguson, his task made worse, as we have seen, by the fact that all his experienced prefects and some of the most influential masters left almost immediately for the various fronts. The replacement prefects, on whose shoulders so much day-to-day order depended, were inevitably far younger and unprepared and there was a noticeable deterioration in their impact during the early years of the war. Likewise, the replacement masters were not of the same standard of their predecessors and were grouped in a ‘Decline and Fall’ category by Robert Mortimer O.S.E., later the school’s double first at Oxford University and eventually Bishop of Exeter. Some of these temporary teachers had already retired and were well passed their best teaching years, but in the current emergency they were all that was readily available. Schoolboys, being what they have always been, immediately recognised

Macnamara A. in 1934

that these new figures were there to be ‘ragged’ at every opportunity and the Warden had his work cut out to keep any sense of order and normality. Bruce Goldie arrived in 1915 to begin a stay of ten years, teaching Classics: ‘a man of immense integrity, a fine scholar and conscientious Housemaster. It is true that we ragged him in the Sixth, but I think we are all of us rather ashamed of doing so. He had a peculiar crablike walk and his hobby was potsherds’ (Mortimer). Another pupil of the time, Patrick Lacey, later a journalist and broadcaster, added his own comments about the war years at the school: ‘We had to be content with whatever substitutes could be found, plus a country parson or two. I am afraid we were very content. They were gallant triers, but this gallantry and a sense of duty were the only qualifications that some of them had for their work’. Lacey’s long account of life at the school during the war years, which Hill included in full in his 1962 History of the school, was of a critical nature and later disputed by others (including Roger Mortimer), but nonetheless an overview he himself felt was accurate and he never retracted one word. Both Mortimer and Lacey were, however, agreed on the manner in which Warden Ferguson usually rose above the difficulties and proved ‘a source of inspiration’ to all around him. Despite everything, Mortimer was able to summarise his war years as a pupil thus: ‘On the whole, the boys who were at the school between 1916 and 1921 were by no means unfortunate in the masters whom they had to teach them’. In the Winter Term of 1917 the forms in the Upper School were re-arranged ‘to meet the growing needs of the Modern Side’ – there now emerged a Classical Vth and VIth, Modern Vth and VIth, a Classical Shell and a Modern Shell. Between peace being declared and the seven years that remained of Ferguson’s time as Warden, another twenty-seven masters would be hired with approximately half that number leaving – including the temporary and now probably exhausted wartime deputies. Amongst some of the notable arrivals who would later gain much admiration, kudos, notoriety and respect as long time House Masters were The Reverend K. Menzies, The Reverend Arthur MacNamara, Arthur Tilly, Philip Whitrow, A. ‘Freddie’ Yorke, Walter Dingwall, Gerard Segar, George Mallaby and John Gauntlett, all of whom would be well remembered by generations of Teddies’ boys. St Edward’s Chronicle 2010/11  |  89


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His famous sayings included ‘keep those coughs down’ (in chapel), ‘Boys, work is a noble thing’, and ‘Boys, the food you get here in Hall is the best that money can buy – subdued groans all round!’ (O.S.E.).

School numbers continued to rise quickly, from 179 in 1919 to 236 in Ferguson’s final year; ‘problems of accommodation, apparently insoluble, were nevertheless met by ingenuity and improvisation’. Corfe House was purchased in 1920 and adapted ‘to house four masters and eighteen boys’. School numbers began to regularly grow and with this growth ‘the staff began in these days to assume a far greater appearance of permanency’. ‘Here at last was the school with abundant life, freed of financial anxiety, going from strength to strength, limited only by the slowness of the builder’. The second school inspection in 1921 noted ‘the growth of a stronger and more vigorous institution in the past ten years’. The Modern side of the school however was not highly rated which was the only negative note. The Warden was admired as being ‘an able teacher, an excellent and far-seeing manager, and a man who understood his boys and their ways and was devoted to his work’. One footnote was revealing: ‘it would be a great advantage to the school, and tend towards the stability of the staff, if it were possible for more members of staff to marry and settle down at the school for a long period of work’. This advice was taken up in the next twenty-five years ‘to the despair of the bursar’! In the summer of 1924 the vacancy for a new Warden at Radley College was offered to Ferguson at ‘no doubt, better remuneration that than £400 he was receiving’. He took the opportunity offered ‘wearied by the exertions of the war years and the expansion thereafter’ and felt that he taken the school as far as he could personally do. He was ‘obsessed with the idea that the school was on the verge of bankruptcy, which bore little relation to the facts. He had given boundlessly of his own strength, but the process had weakened his resolve and courage’. To this could be added ‘his very winning friendliness, a wideminded tolerance, a great patience’, he was known as ‘the Old Man’ or ‘Boots’ (which he always wore), he was an outstanding musician, organist and the composer of several very well known hymns such as ‘For all the Saints’ and ‘Stand up, Stand up for Jesus’. His party piece at school concerts always included a self accompanied song ‘That beastly little tintack on the floor’! His famous sayings included ‘Keep those coughs down’ (in chapel), ‘Boys, work is a noble thing’, and ‘Boys, the food you get here in Hall is the best that money can buy – subdued groans all round!’ (O.S.E.). Under Ferguson the Common Room strength had grown from nine in 1913 to seventeen in his last year; 632 boys had passed through the school in his 35 terms, doubling the school population – a staggering improvement which completely outpaced the first fifty years. For the first time since Simeon’s day, significant building expansion and refurbishment had been undertaken, often ‘built out of revenue’. But perhaps his greatest gift and legacy to the school was, as his successor noted, that ‘St. Edward’s had become a friendlier place’. Henry Kendall did not have to apply for the vacancy of Warden, as his name was already known to the Council by reputation. At the outset, John Sing was one of those asked to seek out appropriate candidates, and following a correspondence with the then Headmaster of Shrewsbury School, Canon Sawyer, the name of Kendall was raised. He was an Old Salopian and had been at his old school as a master for twelve years (including a spell in the Royal Navy as a Chaplain in the Great War). The full letter from Sawyer is reproduced in Hill’s School History and is as eloquent as it is informative, including the following phrases: ‘He is a thoroughly cultured and able man. But it is as a personality and Spiritual Force that

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he is so outstanding … By conviction and training he is a High Churchman…May you get a good man’. He was thirty-seven years old on arrival at the school and had no previous knowledge of or connection with St. Edward’s. He was a Cambridge man (Pembroke College) and known to Ferguson ‘with whom he had a slight acquaintance’. The chance to head up a growing public school proved immediately appealing to him and he accepted with enthusiasm. The announcement was not welcomed in all areas and there were one or two ‘notable resignations from the existing staff, though these had not been on a personal basis but on financial grounds, which he was swift to repair’. The twenty-nine years which were to follow under the ‘Kendall spell’ were to be the most expansive and important in the school’s history. Often courting controversy, he was blessed with enormous energy and drive which at times appeared to know no bounds. By the end of his tenure, school numbers more than doubled, ‘old buildings were renewed, new buildings were added, many acres of land purchased’. Where financial hurdles appeared solutions were found, often necessitating Kendall’s considerable charm and persuasive powers to convince potential


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donors. Like his predecessor, Kendall would have to endure a world war, up to which time ‘the school had moved from one triumph to another’. In his first fourteen years ‘a thousand boys who had grown to manhood under his care were now to prove by their valour and self-sacrifice the virtue of his teaching’. His open grief when reading out the lists of the O.S.E. killed during the Second World War in the chapel was heartfelt and sincere. His wartime leadership continued as before, with the clear intention that ‘the school must go on as usual, the boys must not be cheated of their youth and must enjoy all school activities to the very limit of what was possible in war-time conditions’. One of Kendall’s most significant acts on arrival in 1925 had been to convert the Set System, created in Hobson’s time, to a ‘House System, so that all boys had better and closer supervision’; included in this change there was also devolution of power from the Warden to the new Housemasters. ‘The effect on discipline and control was immediate and the masters felt themselves more personally involved in the life of the school’. There were also significant advantages in reorganising the school accommodation into a more logical structure and maximizing the usage of the available buildings.

‘Hair parted centrally, toothbrush moustache – usually a bow tie. Easily side tracked into interesting points of English History’ (O.S.E.)

The Warden himself took over Set E now renamed Apsley, after the Apsley Annexe school property to where the Set now moved, with Gerard Segar as his ‘representative on the spot’. Corfe House, destined to be fully purchased by the school in 1928, was renamed Field House which already housed its first Housemaster, The Reverend J.W. Griffiths and his Set C. In the main school buildings, Tilly’s House (Set F) was allocated the first floor dormitories with Cowell’s House (Set A) occupying the dormitories a floor higher – these two Houses having to share the same day-rooms. Arthur Tilly took charge of the House named after him and ‘Freddy’ Yorke was assigned to Cowell’s, despite the venerable master of that name still being at the school – this last arrangement being achieved by the use of Kendall’s ‘extraordinary tact’! Tilly was known as ‘The Little Man’ and according to some reputable sources was the ‘real central power’ at the school behind the more flamboyant Kendall. ‘Tilly and Henry Kendall formed a duumvirate and ruled every aspect of life at St. Edward’s’ (Scarr). Always very untidily attired, Tilly smoked a corncob pipe hanging from his middle lower lip; ‘a good teacher of Maths, Scripture, Chemistry and Physics. He did much to improve and promote rugby football at the school from 1920 through to 1946, often at odds with the various Captains of Rugby and still producing some outstanding teams’. Rugby ‘was second only to his faith which was outstanding’ (O.S.E). The appointment of ‘Freddy’ Yorke was later considered to be one of Kendall’s most astute decisions as ‘Cowell’s House under his leadership was one of the best Houses in any school at any time’. The school’s Southern Block squeezed in three Houses – Sing’s House (B) headed by Philip Whitrow in the Memorial Buildings with Macnamara’s House (D) led by The Reverend Arthur Macnamara, together with a completely new House – Menzies House (G) under The Reverend K. Menzies. Whitrow, nicknamed ‘Whiteguts’, always looked the same: – ‘Hair parted centrally, toothbrush moustache – usually a bow tie. Easily side tracked into interesting points of English History’ (O.S.E.). He had a prodigious memory and held much information about the early days at the school ‘when the schoolboy’s lot was grimly austere but had its moments of comedy. I have never understood why Warden Fisher did not ask him to write the school’s centenary history in 1962.’ (Scarr). Arthur Macnamara, ‘Uncle Mac’, was possessed of a ‘violent explosive temper which soon subsided, ending with laughter’. His legendary sayings included such gems as ‘Sit round square’, ‘If the noise doesn’t stop, you’ll hear more of it’, ‘you’ve got to learn to disobey’, ‘if they’re not there, they’re not here’! Menzies, ‘he of the stutter and rimless specs’ belonged to ‘a very high church – for a Scot!’ (O.S.E.). He was very old fashioned in his views on education and life in general but possessed a lively sense of humour. In all, he served the school for forty years. Kendall’s era, the longest of any Warden in the school’s history, was in terms of the Common Room the most stable to date with eighty new masters being appointed, against an exeunt of sixty-six. Only ten were ordained, seven were O.S.E. and thirteen would each remain at the school for over thirty continuous years. The average time served by Kendall’s team was twelve years, four times that of previous Wardens, demonstrating a loyalty to Kendall who both improved salaries and appointed more married members! St Edward’S ChroniClE 2010/11 | 91


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The first seven Housemasters were clearly well chosen as their cumulative school service amounted to over one hundred years! Generations of boys would have very special memories of these particular gentlemen, based on a mixture of respect, awe, terror, amusement and – for the most part and in hindsight – a degree of gratitude and affection. The first of this embryonic group to leave was Griffiths who departed the school in 1927 to be Chaplain to the Bishop of Carlisle. Walter Dingwall was his replacement, ‘who blinked rather a lot’ (O.S.E.) and would be remembered for his sporting interests at the school as well as being a Captain in the O.T.C. who would head up Field House for the next decade. At around the same time, ‘Freddy’ Yorke ‘gathered his scattered band and transferred them to Corfe which was renamed as Cowell’s. Apsley and Sing’s were joined together in the Main Buildings to form School House under the titular housemastership of the Warden. Tilly’s replaced Sing’s in the Memorial Buildings with MacNamara’s and Menzies’ being the only two Houses undisturbed. The Common Room, which now numbered twenty, ‘came finally to rest in the two rooms’ which was to house them for many years afterwards, next to and opposite the Chapel. 1929 marked the resignation of Wilfrid Cowell, now seventyfour, after forty-nine years on the school’s teaching staff. He would continue for a further seven years in a part-time role, living in the Lodge, during which ‘he continued to inspire a love for English Literature and, less frequently, the Classics’. He also resigned the editorship of the Chronicle, a post he had held for twenty-one years. The accommodation needs for the growing Common Room were sprinkled around ‘with seven in the Southern Block, two in the Lodge, two in the Hollies, two at Apsley, while Jack McMichael presided over twelve boys in Osberton House’. McMichael who ‘looked rather like Enoch Powell and was a keen and often dangerous cyclist’ (O.S.E.) was known variously as ‘Mike, Uncle Fred or the Old Sepoy’, and had arrived at the school in 1925 to ‘teach maths or something of the sort’ and coach rowing. From the exterior appearance he often gave the impression of a fearsome character but was in reality ‘of a charming and endearing disposition’. He would remain at the school for 32 years. Such was the stability of the Common Room that only four masters left the school in the first half of the Thirties, two for headmasterships elsewhere. Two notable entrants at this time were The Reverend Leslie Styler ‘stentorian champion of the Classics’ and Maitland Emmet ‘virtual father of the Boat Club’ in the years to follow -‘I can see him now, careering along the tow-path shouting through his megaphone with us all hoping he would fall in – he never did’ (O.S.E.)! When Gerard Segar took ‘his extraordinary energies’ to Shrewsbury for a term, his place was ‘temporarily’ taken by Stanley Tackley, the third such arrangement at the school that was, in fact, to last over thirty years! In 1930 Wilfrid Cowell’s Jubilee at the school was celebrated ‘with the minimum of fuss, as he himself must have wished’. The O.S.E. presented him with a gold signet ring and his closest colleague John Sing wrote a glowing tribute in the “Chronicle” praising ‘the constancy which has made him a rallying point for all generations, a steady point of light in a kaleidoscope, a rock amid shifting sands’. The Governors granted him the use of his rooms in the Lodge ‘in perpetuo’. There was also recognition that Cowell was no longer a young man and needed to relinquish some of his remaining duties including his position as the Warden’s deputy which he had held for no less than 92  |  St Edward’s Chronicle 2010/11

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I can see him now, careering along the tow-path shouting through his megaphone with us all hoping he would fall in – he never did’ (O.S.E.).

forty-five years. This role was passed ‘to the hunched shoulders’ of Arthur Tilly. Right up to his death Cowell would, however, continue to compile the annual ‘General Paper’ taken by the whole school ‘as a Lenten variant to a mid term Greek and Latin Grammar Paper’; which he had originally commenced in 1893. The normal conviviality between Kendall and his staff was disrupted in 1935 when Menzies resigned ‘after a disagreement with the Warden’. While unexplained in the archives, this contretemps must have been of a sufficiently serious nature as not only did Menzies resign his Housemaster post but his name was removed from the House altogether; he did however remain on the school staff for a further eleven years. His old House was renamed Segar’s after Gerard ‘Gerry’ Segar, who immediately took over the unexpected vacancy. Segar was a popular choice, a fitness fanatic and ‘an efficient, pious and respected master, easy to mimic’ (O.S.E.). Other changes during the Thirties at this level included the arrival of George Mallaby, ‘something of a renaissance man’, at Sing’s in 1931 who was to ‘enliven and inspire all with whom he was to come into contact in the next eleven years’. He was a giant of a man and much devoted to his widowed mother and as well as his teaching duties he played a notable role in coaching the school’s rugby forwards, working under the leadership of Arthur Tilly. With his ‘genial charm and enthusiasm, well larded with bursts of infectious laughter, (he) was on occasions called upon to


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act as a tactful intermediary between the Captain and the irate Tilly’. During the war years that were to follow he would become a close confidant of Lord Ismay and amongst several high Civil Service posts, he would be Secretary to the Chiefs of Staff during the Second World War. He was later knighted. John Eardley O.S.E., who had been on staff since 1926, was elevated to the leadership of Apsley in 1935 for what turned out to be a twenty year tenure, when ‘he built up a tradition of friendliness and service’. Eric ‘Peggy’ Reid, one of Kendall’s first appointees, took over at Sing’s in 1936 (when Mallaby departed to the Headship at St. Bede’s, Eastbourne) the first of his two stints of Housemastership, the second being for Tilly’s between 1957-64 and in all he served the school for thirty-eight years. ‘His indifferent charm concealed a man of strong character and purpose, and shrewd judgement of boys and what was best for them’. Lastly, R. ‘Bim’ Barff took charge of Field House in 1936, whose ‘twenty year reign made it a model of what a House should be, though its very location contributed to an individuality which did not always make for popularity. But in any criticism one heard from boys there was always a tinge of ill-conceived jealousy and admiration’. Hubert Beales O.S.E. joined the same year, to ‘help with Maths on a temporary basis’ – this turned out to be a twenty-nine year spell, including nineteen as school’s Bursar.

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1936 saw the arrival of Roger Northcote-Green O.S.E., who would remain on staff for 16 years, including a five year tenure as Housemaster of Macnamara’s from 1947-52. A member of a voluminous Teddies family, Northcote-Green would be remembered for his many services to the school, including the coaching of the school’s rugby XVs for the seasons 1946-53. ‘To me he had a magic personality. We always knew where he was standing and I think we played as much for him as for the school’ (O.S.E.). He was also the first member of staff to marry one of the school’s House-Nurses, Joan Greswell in 1949, which ‘not only established a precedent but rendered even more pressing a solution to masters’ accommodation’! The outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 brought with it a gradual but radical change in routine, without ‘the rush to the colours which had characterised the outbreaks of 1899 and 1914’. Most of the Common Room and the school’s older pupils were advised to remain and continue with their school work until called up – those nineteen years old with the O.T.C. Certificate ‘A’ could register for the forces but were not expected to be called up until their twentieth birthdays. Five masters, Maitland Emmet, ‘Major’ Gerard Segar, Eric Reid, Mark Tindall and T.L.B. Huskinson enlisted promptly for Army duty, being replaced by ‘temporary’ deputies. The first of this ‘emergency group’ was Norman Whatley, late Headmaster of Clifton College, E.F. Fearnside and A.D. Hainworth, all very much retired and ‘chalk-breathing veterans’; even John Sing ‘took up the cudgels once more’ to help out. Reginald Maxse had arrived in 1939 to teach French, linked to a romantic background which included ‘inheriting a large Russian estate in the time of the Tsar’; he had also been ‘engaged in secret service work throughout the Great War’. He spoke seven languages fluently and arrived every day ‘by taxi at 8.45 am and departed the same way at the end of the day, just like a top ranking film star’! He ‘looked foreign, with white hair, a hawklike nose and wore strict spectacles’, he was over seventy years St Edward’s Chronicle 2010/11  |  93


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of age on arrival and quickly became noted for being very tetchy with his pupils and critical of the Common Room food which he dismissed as ‘mangeaille’ (cat food)! As invasion fears grew Kenneth Harding O.S.E., Headmaster of St. Bede’s Preparatory School, Eastbourne accepted Kendall’s invitation for re-housing his own school within St. Edward’s for the duration of the war. In June 1940, the first groups of staff and boys began to arrive in Oxford, taking over Corfe House as well as other areas of the school for their accommodation and education. The two schools integrated well, despite the age differences, to the extent that when peace returned, thirty-five of the St. Bede’s boys remained at Teddies to complete their education. The position of the O.T.C., not unnaturally, had been catapulted up the high profile league table at the school, its relevance and importance now seen as essential in preparing the boys for war. Arthur Tilly took charge of the school’s military wing at the beginning of hostilities until Gerard Segar returned from Home Guard duties in 1943. Apart from the Army section, there was an Air Force Section which rose to the status of a ‘Flight’ in 1941, led by Pilot Officer John Gauntlett. A Naval Section, strangely, did not come into being until as late as 1944, under Lieutenant Aubrey Guest, who had joined the school in Ferguson’s time and whose school service would stretch to thirty-one years. Guest was remembered as ‘a breezy, cheerful member of staff’; he taught Chemistry and Physics and oversaw ‘exciting periods in the Chemmy Lab as he called it, and frequent explosions for which I fear he was not all together blameworthy’ (O.S.E.). Leslie Styler and John Gauntlett ‘benefited’ from those going to war by taking over Sing’s and Segar’s respectively in 1940. For Gauntlett this would be the first of two tenures as Housemaster of Segar’s, the first being of short duration when Gerard Segar returned three terms later. Two wartime Common Room arrivals who would remain for significant years after 1945 were Jack Scarr whose thirty-eight year stay at the school teaching English and French ranks second only to Cowell in duration, and Dr. F.J. Alexander ‘of the confidential approach’ whose twenty-nine years was dominated by teaching Latin and German, commencing by taking over ‘the limitless permutations of the time-table and to dragoon the modern linguists to scholarship standard’. Even a future Warden, Frank Fisher, then an army Captain and staying the night as Kendall’s guest, was pressed into service the next morning to take the History Sixth – ‘you’ll have to pay for your stay, it’s the History Sixth or a bottle of gin!’. Jack Scarr, before his death in 2003, very kindly gave a long taped interview to the author of this article as well as handing over a collection of essays he had written about ten of his fellow masters, who he felt were the ‘most interesting of my colleagues in a very long stay at St. Edward’s’. The ten included the two Segars, Macnamara, Menzies, Tilly, Ovenden, Maxse, Weeks, Whitrow and Gauntlett – most of whom have been mentioned elsewhere in this article including some of Scarr’s observations. His first masters’ meeting in 1942 he described thus: ‘How old and bent they seemed, so wrinkled and grey. I was especially careful to arrive as early as possible and took a seat by the window, hoping it was a place where I would not be noticed. “I wouldn’t sit there if I was you”, said one of the masters, “That is where the Warden sits”! The school continued to grow both physically and in numbers educated during the war – ‘it was Kendall’s influence which kept the boys’ outlook sane in an insane world’. Teaching standards were maintained at a surprisingly high level and there was no repeat of the lack of control and excessive ‘ragging’ experienced twenty-seven years before. There was only one 94  |  St Edward’s Chronicle 2010/11

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I was especially careful to arrive as early as possible and took a seat by the window, hoping it was a place where I would not be noticed. “I wouldn’t sit there if I was you”, said one of the masters, “That is where the Warden sits”!

temporary master whose inability to maintain discipline required a transfer to the Warden’s reading room ‘with a full armoury of castigation only a door’s width away’! Peace arrived and with it the return of most of the teaching staff who had gone to war, only four of the original Common Room volunteers deciding on different career paths. The only teacher killed in this conflict, Thomas Hankey had joined the school staff in 1936, and fell to a ‘Japanese grenade on a hilltop in the Arakan’ in 1944, while serving in the same regiment as Desmond Hill and Maitland Emmet. Post war arrivals included Edward Manning who took over from Lionel Ovenden as Director of Music, whose own breakdown of health in 1945 came as a major shock – ‘a brilliant musician and a gifted composer, he was nevertheless not the easiest of men with whom to work, but for his labours with the Choir and Choral Society the school owes him much’. J.H. ‘Crasher’ White began a nineteen year spell at the school, ‘a successful T.T. rider before the war’, who as well as teaching Biology managed a small holding and a large family. He was famous for ‘outbursts of querulous indignation at the iniquities of his time’! Charles Mather appeared on the scene in 1945 to teach History and, on the sporting side, many generations of rowers. He would be with the school for thirty-one years, including fifteen years as Housemaster of Macnamara’s. Two outstanding former sportsmen, Stewart Pether and Ken Veitch O.S.E., were added to the Common Room in 1946, the former a distinguished Oxford University sportsman winning Blues for cricket, rugby and golf and the latter a formidable sporting performer, both at the school and at the same University, playing for the Greyhounds Rugby Team as well as cricket for the Authentics and Devon. Pether’s classroom expertise was ‘with the dark science of Geography, for which a welter of technical terms defeats the most ardent inquirer’; as a coach successively of the Cricket XI and Rugby XV, as commander of the Corps, and as Housemaster of Field House (from 1957-71), his overall contribution was a significant one in the school’s history. Ken Veitch, known to everyone as ‘Bill’, was to cram a great deal into his eighteen years at the school: as a Housemaster (Segar’s 1955-64), Chronicle Editor (1947-57), games coach and an ‘indefatigable ex officio guest at innumerable O.S.E. dinners’. All this contribution would be cut short by his quite unexpected and sudden death in 1964.


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With the passing of time, three long time custodians of the school’s Houses finally passed over their charges. Arthur Macnamara handed over his House after twenty-eight ‘and a half’ years to Roger Northcote-Green in 1947, but remained on staff for another twelve years in a variety of capacities. Arthur Tilly, in the same year, was succeeded by Maitland Emmet after twenty-seven years at the helm; he too remained at the school until his death (in the Sanatorium) four years later. Finally Leslie Styler handed the reigns of Sing’s to Stanley Tackley, after a rather shorter tenure of seven years, heading back down the Woodstock Road to become Chaplain and Fellow of Brasenose College. Tackley would stay in charge of Sing’s for the next eighteen years. Also in 1947 John Millington Sing died at Iffley, ‘a very great and noble servant of our little state’. Newcomers at this time included Mervyn Evans ‘Scholar of Hertford, a future Housemaster of Segar’s, whose arrival with wife and family further complicated the accommodation problem’, and Duncan Williams ‘mathematician and Greyhound’ who somehow managed to teach three separate forms simultaneously – his time at the school would amount to thirty-six years. John Armstrong began a twenty-six year spell teaching Classics and English and who was both Housemaster of Apsley (1955-69) and later Bursar. Lawrence Toynbee was appointed Art Master, well known ‘for his fast bowling and cacophony of his cachinnation’ and stayed fourteen years. Peter Church ‘scientist, aviator and hockey player’ began a thirty-seven year stint in 1950, a Cowell’s Housemaster (1964-75) and Second Master. In the same year Derek Henderson O.S.E. also appeared on the scene; schoolboy and Oxford ‘Blue’ sportsman extraordinaire, and ‘one of the school’s first comics’. Also Brian Gale with whom Henderson would share a successful joint venture as the school’s Rugby XV coaches in the years that followed. 1950 also saw the retirement of Gerry Segar from the House of his name after fifteen years at the helm, to be succeeded by John ‘the Grocer’ Gauntlett – the second time he took on such a role. Segar’s health was failing and he died three years later: ‘There surely was no more loyal Old Boy, nor one who loved the school more’. To round off Kendall’s years there were four further major appointments, who together would serve the school for one hundred and eighteen years, Robert ‘Bob’ Arundel, Francis ‘Fran’ Prichard, Nigel Roberts and the returning Eric Reid for a second spell at the school. Arundel would ‘only’ contribute twelve years to this total; he was a rowing Blue and he and Prichard were ‘two globetrotting Marlburians, whose shadows are little smaller than their multifarious labours’ (Hill). Fran Prichard would remain at the school for thirty-five years officially, and still lives and partakes in as many school activities as he is able; a truly admired and respected figure by all who know him – O.S.E., parents and colleagues alike. He would head up Sing’s from 1965-79. Roberts, whose specialty was Chemistry, remained at the school only two years less than Prichard – he ‘dresses the part and his leisurely reactions conceal unsuspected decisive ability’ (also Hill)! Eric Reid had first served the school for thirteen years (192639), leaving to fight a ‘rather secret war’ (if the boys’ rumours were to be believed) and in his second tenure, he included a second spell as Housemaster, this time of Tilly’s from 1957- 64, a ‘double’ record only equalled by two others (Gerard Segar and John Gauntlett) up to this time. His return was described in Desmond Hill’s School History as being ‘the return of the unwilling prodigal...he was to earn the devotion of all with whom he came shyly into contact’. St Edward’S ChroniClE 2010/11 | 95


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Toynbee L.L., Holtby R.T., Alexander F.J. 1956 1950 was the silver jubilee of Kendall’s time in charge, undoubtedly one of the most dominant and influential figures (together with Simeon) in St. Edward’s history. His ebullience, drive, charm, humility and steadfastness had carried the school through periods of expansion, war and reconstruction, establishing St. Edward’s as one of the nation’s leading public schools. His bonds with the boys and O.S.E. fill many pages in several books, articles and the archives but his relationship with his Common Room is perhaps less well known. Desmond Hill, in 1962, described it thus: ‘the relationship between Warden and Staff, and indeed the wholehearted harmony and unity of the Common Room itself blossomed to a point never known before or since’. Kendall’s resignation in 1952 was a surprisingly ‘unsurprising’ decision which had been expected for some time. However, ‘it was not so much the end of an era that struck chill, but the prospect of the unknown after so many years of certainty’. The fact that he was prepared to wait until the end of the Summer Term of 1954 was at least comforting, while the right successor was found. In his time, 3129 boys had passed from ‘childhood to maturity’ and he had ‘known and loved them all and had placed the school at long last firmly in the first division’; 95 scholarships had been won to the two major universities with 53 before the war, when school numbers were never higher than 380. The vast majority of the boys at the school in Kendall’s era were ‘deeply conscious of having been at Teddies with the Old Man’. To ‘replace the irreplaceable’ there was a short list of five candidates from which it was Frank Fisher who was appointed as the seventh Warden, the eldest son of the then current Archbishop of Canterbury and brother of an O.S.E., who was 96 | St Edward’S ChroniClE 2010/11

now charged with succeeding a legend. He had had ‘a good war’ including escaping from Italian captivity (for which he was awarded the M.C.), and in 1946 he returned to Cambridge to complete his History degree and to win a Hockey Blue at the same time. Two years later he was appointed Housemaster at Repton where he remained until his arrival at Teddies in his thirty-fourth year. A very different personality from his ebullient predecessor, Fisher set about his task of continuing the incredible growth and progress made in the three previous decades with aplomb. He quickly became a popular, if sometimes a rather aloof but always immaculate figure, determined to put his own stamp on the school without decrying anything that had gone before (something of a first when compared with previous Wardens). The boys found him personable and friendly but, inevitably, ‘there were a few with whom he did not have a ready and easy acquaintance’. Pastoral care he saw as the foundation and bedrock of his position and he was also anxious to extend freedom of choice and broaden ‘individual freedom’ so as to break down the traditional relationship between boy and master so that ‘a boy may find himself and exercise his talents’. In Fisher’s first term school numbers had swelled to 481, up a quarter compared to 1939, within a school now encompassing 110 acres of land. Amongst the new Warden’s first challenges was the need for ‘the provision of increased space for the masters’ Common Room’, facilitated by making alterations in the Main Buildings. This need was made all the more imperative as in the first nine years of this new era, no less than forty-eight new teachers came to the school with thirty-two going the other way. Macnamara, Whitrow, Yorke, Guest, McMichael, Eardley, Emmet, Jack Tate and Toynbee were included amongst the leavers, a group with a total of 270 years of service between them. Amongst the newcomers were such future household names as Peter Corlett and the Reverend Robert Holtby who were Fisher’s first appointments. Corlett would serve the school for thirty-five years in a whole variety of roles – not least a long-time dedication to the flying wing of the C.C.F and to the school’s musical talent. Other teachers hired at this time who would go on to be at the school for more than a quarter of a century included Myles Arkell, John Todd, Miles Peregrine, Fred Pargeter and Malcolm Oxley. In 1955 there was another change for Segar’s when John Gauntlett retired handing over the House to Bill Veitch, for whom new married quarters were built as an extension to the building. His arrival would begin an outstanding and extraordinary uplift in the House’s sporting successes which lasted for several years. John Vernon (a Rowing Blue) had arrived from Cambridge University in 1954, to teach English and to also take over the coaching of the school’s rowing elite from the ailing Maitland Emmet. Vernon’s influence, youthful enthusiasm and expertise were indispensable to the school’s ascendancy to the highest levels on the river including the school’s first ever victories in the Princess Elizabeth Cup at Henley both in 1958 and the following year: ‘there is no doubt how much was owed to J.J.V.’s singleminded drive, and of the enthusiasm in the school for rowing during his time as coach’. He would remain at the school for seventeen years, also much involved in the plays, command of the R.A.F. Section of the C.C.F. as well conducting ‘lively English lessons and the reorganizing of that department’. On the rugby side, the first unbeaten side of 1960 was a reward for years of excellent teacher-coaching in the hands of Derek Henderson and Brian Gale who had each guided the team


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Common Room 1959 individually but were perhaps most successful when in tandem. ‘Derek Henderson, with his wit and playful ripostes, made rugby fun for us’ and ‘ “Gutsy” Gale was an excellent tactician and made the team play as a cohesive unit’ (O.S.E.). Henderson’s second period at the school would last eleven years, during which he would continue to excel at all sporting activities including giving many star performances during the Martyrs cricket week, in addition to his teaching duties. Gale would stay at Teddies for 33 years including a fifteen year stretch as Housemaster of Macnamara’s (1967-82) – a self confessed ‘awkward cuss’ who apart from teaching Current Affairs, Latin, Politics and Mathematics was a ‘talented writer, actor and mimic’. In May 1963 ex-Warden Kendall, now aged 75, left London Airport for a ‘world tour, to take news of the school and Centenary plans to the many Old Boys scattered far and wide. What better ambassador could we have? What a splendid and exciting contribution to the Centenary’! This trip was seen as both a fitting reward for Kendall’s very long and celebrated service and also as a very fitting way to mark his very significant status to the thousands of ex-pupils who still held him in high esteem and affection. What could never have been expected was that during this long and often arduous trip of seventeen stops in four continents, he would die of natural causes on board the R.M.S. ‘Arcadia’ between Australia and Hong Kong, and was buried at sea. Coming as it did, in the midst of planning the school’s Centenary, Kendall’s death was a hammer blow, but a conscious decision was made to ensure that both events would be entwined and, as far as possible, celebrated. His memorial service was held in the School Chapel in May 1963 was attended by a congregation of 300 – ‘a memorable gathering and in so many ways a happy one, typical perhaps of the spirit indelibly left behind’. Various speeches made at the Centenary celebrations by the school’s leadership, Sir George Mallaby and Group Captain Douglas Bader O.S.E., eloquently alluded to the school’s 100 year progress, the recent loss of Warden Kendall as well as the future envisaged. Warden Fisher’s emotional speech included mention

of all his predecessors and their contributions, as well as some memories of those Assistant Masters whose mark would never be forgotten. ‘Some will imagine the figure of Cowell, Inverness cape flowing…others will see Arthur Tilly with squashed hat and eyes cast down making his way to the Rugger Field…Yorke remonstrating with Gauntlett about his latest attempt to blow up the labs…a shrugging shoulder will remind of Philip Whitrow on his way into school. The deep bass of Mallaby… Styler laughing…a Gerry joke … Merry and Tero taking P.T. and lastly Henry Kendall – that untidy rolling figure, the continuous flow of scarcely audible reminiscences, the very individual jests, the warm generosity of the living man will be most grievously missed’. The second fifty years of the school’s history had involved three Wardens and 140 new members of the Common Room who educated over 4700 boys. The birth of the Housemaster role in 1925 introduced a new echelon of authority not previously available, making the Warden’s load a lighter one while at the same time providing an extended career path for the teaching staff and helping to retain the better members of staff. Mention has already been made in this article of the enormous growth and progress during this period and the part played by the Common Room, being as vital a link in this chain as anything else. They were the constants at a time when the Warden and Governors were more often than not deeply involved in (and possibly distracted by) the school’s expansion than at any time in the first fifty years. Fisher alluded to this in his 1964 Gaudy Prize giving speech: ‘we have a most energetic and well qualified staff, we depend entirely on them for the standards of achievement in the school. The measure of their success is shown by the fact that we have more boys at Oxford and Cambridge than ever before in our history, despite the increasingly heavy competition, and almost as many in provincial universities. About 75% of the boys leaving St. Edward’s are pursuing some form of further education’. One feels that both Chamberlain and Simeon would have been truly amazed and highly satisfied with these words.

Sources: ‘A History of St. Edward’s School (1962) by R.D. Hill ‘Come on Teddies’ by this author (2006) ‘Cometh the Hour, Cometh the School’ by this author (2004) ‘St. Edward’s School 18631992. An historical essay on educational values’ by Malcolm Oxley (1992) School “Chronicles” and archives ‘Beaks I knew’ (1918-1926) by J.E. Fletcher OSE ‘A Short Memoir of Algernon Barrington Simeon’ by Beatrice Simeon (1929) OSE correspondence

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Common Room ‘The Grads’ “Where would we be without the grads?” Every year, they come and go, yet without them the school would be a poorer place. They give so much to the school in terms of games coaching, trip supervision, lesson cover and house duties. They quickly become a team under the watchful eye of Moira Nye, the Sub-Warden’s Secretary. This year’s team have been one of the best, bringing a wide range of skills and a huge amount of energy. Emily Barralet has provided invaluable help and support to the Geography Department. She has proved to be a dedicated and highly professional teacher. Ross McDonald: the live-in assistant in Segar’s quickly established himself, setting pupils the highest standards in terms of behaviour and work. A highly talented classicist, he is sadly turning his back on the teaching world to try his hand at tea production. The old empire beckons! David Morgan: The appointment of David eased the huge work load on the Economics Department. However, David also taught in the Religious Studies Department where he could indulge his passion for Ethics. David, like all the grads will be missed, but there is no doubt a successful career is waiting for him as part of Tesco’s management scheme. Lauren Rose has made a huge contribution to school life, particularly through her involvement with the CCF. In addition, her meticulous planning of the Boat Club cross-country skiing trip was an example to any teacher wishing to organise a trip away. We all The Grads 2010-11 have our fingers crossed for her army application.

Rachel Adams Rachel joined St Edward’s to teach English in September 2009 from Haileybury and ISC, after reading English at Oxford. From the day she joined she has been a positive and nurturing member of staff whose pastoral as well as her teaching skills have been outstanding. She was welcomed warmly into Oakthorpe and tutored a group of Fourths through to their GCSEs this year, as well as dressing up as Santa for Christmas, and running what I’m sure will now be the annual chocolate fountain for the house Easter party. It is hoped that she will post back ideas for the tutor skit in Oakthorpe Presents next year! She has also thoroughly enjoyed the Christian ethos of the school, co-ordinating and regularly speaking at the Bible Basement, and in Chapel. A keen rower at university, she has co-ordinated the MJ15 squad and coached the MJ15 B VIII. As Acting S-Lt in the CCF RN, she accompanied the cadets on numerous field weekends: watersports, camping,

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orienteering and even staying on the HMS Bristol, as well as instigating silly but fiercely competitive group games that have since been spotted on occasion in the Quad. Rachel has also contributed regularly to the musical scene at the school, hiding at the back of Concert Band and Brass Band playing the tuba. Rachel has been one of the mainstays of the English department in her two years with us, teaching not only Lower School sets but also both IB and A level English. In addition, she took on responsibility for Fourth and Fifth form English as well as completing her GTP in 2009-2010. She has inspired those around her with the enthusiasm and enterprise for which she is well-known. While we are sorry to see her leave St Edward’s, there is a strong hope that she will return to the world of education after her MA in English Literature at the University of Leeds. We wish her much success as she returns to her own academic study, and trust that she finds a use for her modules in Old Norse Literature one day!


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James askew James arrived at St Edward’s from Friends’ School Saffron Walden in September 2006, having spent the Summer term and holiday travelling in India and Pakistan, to take up the post as the Head of French and Modern Languages. James set about managing one of the busiest, most diverse and complicated departments with the quiet self assurance of a very professional and experienced school master. From the outset James has thrown himself into the very busy life of St Edward’s. He has coached the 3rd XV, 4th XV, Yearlings A XV, Yearlings 1st VII, and athletics during the summer term. James has always had a pupil-and-people-centred approach to his time at St Edward’s and I know how much James Cope and the pupils of Kendall have enjoyed his company. His tutees have benefited tremendously from his guidance and wise words. His caring attitude and relentless desire to broaden pupils’ awareness of our global community was never more evident than in the three week trip to Namibia that he organised in 2009. James, along with thirteen Teddies pupils, spent time teaching and supporting a remote rural primary school that was a far cry from the very sheltered and privileged lives we all lead here in Oxford. It is no great surprise that someone so versed in languages and travel would be the coordinator of the school’s exchange programme which he has been successfully managing since 2008. James has been a very active supporter of a wide range of school programmes. He has delivered INSET to aspiring Heads of Department on ‘Moving in to Middle Management’ as well as lecturing on ‘Bloom’s Taxonomy’ to NQT and GTP students. His input into the school will be sorely missed and the staff and pupils have all benefited from his brave, inventive and inspirational teaching. Never one to panic in difficult circumstances he is at his happiest encouraging the intellectual curiosity of the pupils in modern languages. Despite being an avid lover of the outdoors and contributing to the Duke of Edinburgh programme one would have thought he would have up to date and contemporary clothing for these activities. However, many of us will miss James’ ancient Ron Hill leggings and ostentatious purple anorak that he rides to school in, no matter what the weather. James is a truly remarkable man, who whilst battling the toughest of life’s challenges, remained happy, contented and ever thoughtful of others. James will remain in teaching but in a very different educational setting. Following on from countless holidays and school trips to the Indian Sub Continent, James will take up a post as the Senior Teacher and Subject Leader for Languages at the Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad, as well as being the Language Learning Manager for the Aga Khan Academies Network. James married Marianne in June 2011 at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and we all wish them the best of luck as they start on this new chapter in their lives.

Laura Bottomley Laura joined St Edward’s in 2009 as part of that rare and specialised breed – ‘the grad assistant’. She had just finished an MA history course at King’s College, London studying aspects of British imperial policy in India and from the very beginning Laura aligned herself closely with the History Department. In December 2009 she was appointed to the History Department, starting the following September. Laura was a formidable worker who made Stakhanov appear work-shy! Her classes were always immaculately well-prepared and her PowerPoint expositions were legendary amongst her pupils. Laura demanded high standards from her pupils and was not inclined to be tolerant of those who expected to float along in her classes. For someone so rigorous, the department was always bemused by Laura missing so many

departmental functions, most notably her own welcome drinks when she was appointed to become a teacher! Laura was also a highly valued and committed member of the Boat Club coaching team, caring for the Fourth Form girls or WJ15s as they are known in rowing parlance. She oversaw the vital development of two successive year groups, converting them from scullers to rowers but at the same time sharing with them her love of the sport. Residential training camps and lengthy trips to regattas were enjoyed as much as the many afternoons on the river at Godstow. From this nurturing we have more girls than ever staying in the sport into the Sixth Form and the higher levels of performance. She will be missed by her colleagues but even more by the girls with whom she worked so closely.

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Jethro Buck Jethro joined us as art technician two years ago and it was clear from the outset that his enthusiasm for art was having a good effect on the pupils. He became more of a class room assistant than technician engaging pupils with his knowledge of contemporary art. Jethro was appointed our official artist in residence in Sept 2010. Having recently been to India he decided to produce a body of work based on his travels during his residency and exhibited the resulting work in a sell-out exhibition in the North Wall last December. His donation of a large cloudscape to the school was much appreciated and will

be greatly treasured. We wish him well for the future and look forward to watching his career as an artist progress. Jethro’s contribution to school life has extended beyond the confines of the Art room. His duties have included football coaching and helping with the school plays . It was great to see him arrive in second place for the pupil and staff cross-country run. With a field of over 300 competitors this was a spectacular result. Jethro completed the last London marathon in three hours twenty nine minutes, a time which is considered to be exceptional.

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Jane Crudass joined St Edwards in September 2006 from the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle. With her incredible, infectious enthusiasm for everything she does and her seemingly limitless energy supplies it soon became clear we had acquired a superb teacher. She sets high standards in all she does and supplies the necessary structure that allows all ability ranges to work with her and realise their full potential: the pupils lucky enough to be taught by her have achieved excellent results. As well as being an outstanding classroom practitioner, in her time here she was a Tutor in Oakthorpe before becoming Assistant House Mistress for Avenue House. She has been involved in Duke of Edinburgh, coaching athletics, netball and swimming and she has supported a number of trips and overseas tours, including surfing, climbing Mount Snowdon with the Shells, touring South Africa with the Cricket and Hockey Club, skiing in Les Deux Alpes, going on a cultural tour of China and also visiting Russia on a History trip. In addition to all of this she also found the time and energy to go on a teacher exchange to St Kentigern College, Auckland, where she spent the year teaching Science and Chemistry. She was involved in netball at the College, Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award Schemes and became an integral part of the College Tramping (Hiking) Club. The latter, particularly, allowed her to explore the verdant bush and rainforests of New Zealand’s North Island. Her highlight of the school year came in the final fortnight, when the whole Fourth Form decamp to Mount Ruapehu for Field Centre; a week of challenging and at times backbreaking, outdoor activities. She survived, and so did the pupils! With such a willingness to get involved and a real desire to get the best for the pupils she teaches, it is very easy to see why she is held in such high regard and affection by both the boys and girls she teaches/tutors and also her colleagues. She will be sorely missed by all who have taught with her and by all who have been taught by her. She is an inspirational teacher. We wish her the very best of luck as she moves up to St Andrew’s.

Becky joined St Edward’s in 2008 as a teacher of drama. She had previously worked at Radley and then in Dorset at Milton Abbey school but her career is more remarkable for her extensive travels abroad. Becky’s work has taken her to the Maldives, Japan, New York and Thailand and it is her love for travel and new cultures and countries that has led her to accept an offer to teach at the International School in Aamby – a hill station near Mumbai. Warm-hearted, confident and quick witted, Becky will thrive wherever she goes. Here at St Edward’s she has been an invaluable member of a growing department. She has been unwavering in her support of extra-curricular drama, often working backstage or in the dressing rooms doing the kind of vital jobs that receive little attention or accolade. I have lost count of the number of leave weekends that Becky has sacrificed to the school play or the curricular drama exams. She has also organised countless theatre trips including a residential weekend in Stratford upon Avon. As a director she has produced powerful and intelligent work – most notably her lower school production of Helen Edmundson’s play ‘The Clearing’ and her GCSE exam production of ‘Reading Hebron’. It was great to see such young performers tackling serious and challenging texts . And both productions were illuminated by Becky’s keen analytical intelligence. Becky was also responsible for reshaping the annual Shell Play Competition. She raised expectations and gave this traditional event a much-needed new focus. In her pastoral work, she has been a diligent tutor in Corfe and has sustained excellent relationships with her tutees. As a teacher of Drama, Becky has inspired, encouraged and nurtured. She is always prepared to go the extra mile to help pupils and get the best work out of them. Her students respect, like and admire her. That said, no drama teacher can survive without a sense of fun and Becky’s playfulness and humour have been a key part of her success. She has a ready wit that, combined with her emotional warmth, make her a popular member of the Common Room. We wish her all the very best in India; she will, of course, be greatly missed.

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Charmian Downer Like Mary Poppins, Charmian is practically perfect in every way. She has been a member of the Learning Support Department since 1996 and, over the years, hundreds of pupils have benefited from her steadfast support and advice, the consequence not just of her affectionate concern for every individual but also of her natural curiosity about whatever it was they were grappling with. As a result, she could probably have taken all of the exams along with her pupils. When she started as a part timer I was fortunate to have her work alongside me in the EAL department, before she was needed full time in Study Skills. It is extremely hard to believe that this supremely youthful and elegant woman was born in India before (just) Partition (it would be indelicate to mention dates but you can always google it if you’re not sure when that was) but perhaps there is a hint of the pukka memsahib in her poise and charm. One might have known that her father was a war hero. One of the nicest things about Charmian is her girlish and selfdeprecating sense of humour. Her sense of fun must have stood her in good stead while bringing up four children largely unaided, likewise her patience and gung-ho attitude to life. But they are also qualities that have ideally suited her to the tasks she has performed over her fifteen years in the School.

Foremost among these tasks has, of course, been her work in the Study Skills department. However, this interest in the individual and her nurturing instinct have led her to provide support for a wide range of other school activities, including the Peer Listening service, Shell tennis, the Bear Group, careers activities and Life Skills. This latter activity has recently seen her apply her nurturing to tomato seedlings and the like, resurrecting the neglected Teddies veg patch. She has organised the annual Seven O’Clock Club party for many years, a Christmas party for adults with learning difficulties, and given up many of her evenings to help backstage with school productions. Charmian is Avenue House’s longest serving tutor. The Avenue Fifth Form look woebegone at the mere mention of her departure, after three years of the famous Downer TLC. Never a match or performance missed, birthdays, lavender oil for destressing in exams, a lavish picnic in the summer with home-made Eton Mess. Even the Avenue doors have been tenderly treated to a dose of UB40 to prevent annoying creaks. Pity the poor tutor who steps into her shoes. Her endless kindness, patience and good humour have inspired enormous loyalty in her pupils and will be hugely missed by the whole school community. I wonder how many of us on

the staff can honestly say as Charmian has said to me of her fifteen years here: ‘There hasn’t been a day I’ve woken up and not wanted to go to work’. She reckons she’s the one who has been blessed, but we know differently, don’t we Avenue Fifths? Charlotte Schofield

a particular pleasure to entertain his father and uncles in Apsley on a visit from the States. Apsley was sad to see him go in 2009, and St Edward’s will be sad to see him head for the big smoke and the

School on the Hill, but I’m sure he will keep in touch: our school is in his favourite English city and Oxford’s many charms will doubtless continue to exert a pull. Never short of enthusiasm, Jesse has led both pupils and colleagues with a great sense of optimism and, indeed, inspiration. He will be remembered for his rapid ascent through the ranks as Head of Religious Studies, the first IB co-ordinator, Director of Studies and now as the new Director of Studies at Harrow. This is clearly the mark of a highly capable practitioner who, one feels, will go far in his chosen profession. However, if this list of accolades is in danger of making the man sound a bore, then think again. Jesse Elzinga is unique. Rarely can an English school have found its rugby players veritably “pepped up” in assembly by a master dressed in the full combative gear of an American football player. He also has an uncanny ability to veer from the realms of sartorial elegance (cords and jacket combinations a speciality) to the simply hideous lycras favoured by those whose favourite sports involve the sheer brutality of bodily endurance (in lieu of chasing or catching a ball). His achievements as a cyclist for Oxford University, alongside a busy programme of work here at St Edward’s and his own postgraduate research, are a measure of the man. We wish Jesse every success. Many will no doubt encounter him again.

Jesse Elzinga Jesse Elzinga arrived at St Edward’s as Head of Religious Studies in 2006 from Michigan, via Harvard, Oxford and a stint teaching at Whitgift School, Croydon. He was appointed Assistant Housemaster in Apsley, and joined Rachel and me when I took over as Housemaster that same year. Looking back, we were a dream team: Jesse stylish, youthful, sporty (Harvard lightweight crew, Oxford cycling); me tweed-jacketed, north of forty, slow about the football pitch (staff Friday five-a-side). He quickly made his mark in the boarding house, setting up his oars and his philosophy books in his bachelor pad, entertaining the boys with American cereal and some of his hard-earned wisdom about girls. But it rapidly became clear that he was an eager and engaging tutor and a highly responsible assistant HM. His judgement about situations was sharp, and he knew when to take decisions himself and when to pass matters up the line. His promotion to Director of Studies was not a great surprise; he seized opportunities as they arose and made himself the best candidate, without antagonizing others. His warmth in pastoral matters no doubt owes something to his close and loving family; Jesse’s parents are clearly very influential and much of his steeliness and good-humour comes from the Dutch-settler Elzingas. It was

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Mercedes Fages Agudo – Merche – joined the Spanish Department three years ago and has been its Head for the last year. She is trained as an archaeologist, married to a philosopher and aficionada of F.C. Barcelona. Practical, rigorous and academic, yet imaginative and engaging, the example of her own teaching and the force of her personality have achieved in the Department the same as has the transition to democracy in her country: the unification of potentially centrifugal elements into a single coherent and coordinated body, using the talents of each individual to the maximum and respecting – indeed, revelling in – the differences of experience and circumstance which combine to create a whole which is greater than the sum of its parts. Above all, the key to Merche is her boundless

Laura joined the English Department in September 2008, fresh from undergraduate English at New College, Oxford and leaves only three years later, but even in so short a time she has had a significant impact both on the pupils she has taught, or tutored, or looked after in Avenue, and on the Department. Laura has been a marvellous colleague – lively, witty, and courteous. She has regularly taken responsibility for department activities (as, for example, her development of the Shell scheme of work to include the grammar course, provocatively entitled RAW) and been a thoughtful contributor to subject developments, such as the IB. Laura has become an excellent classroom teacher; she enjoys a very good rapport both with pupils and colleagues, but stands no nonsense. She has been unafraid to try out new texts and has developed into an adventurous and creative practitioner. Laura takes her professional development seriously and has completed both the GTP and NQT years in her time at St Edward’s. Outside the classroom Laura has been a stalwart tutor of Avenue, where many girls have benefited from her advice and guidance, and, since she was appointed assistant HM, she and her husband Owen have lived-in. She has been a committed netball coach and has been active in various Chapel choirs, particularly Vox, as well as Bible Basement and the Alpha course activities. Laura leaves us not for another school but to embark on a theology degree in London and a role as Student Pastor for St Aldate’s Church in Oxford. I have no doubt she will make a great success of both these challenges. It is a shame that she is (for now at least) lost to the teaching profession, but I am certain that congregations will benefit from her experience at St Edward’s. Her continued residence in Oxford means that friends can lament her departure without losing touch with her. Nevertheless she will be much missed.

energy : she has achieved far more as a so-called part-timer than most of us can even dream of accomplishing in our full-time hours. Does Southern California realise what awaits it? We certainly know what we are losing and wish Merche and her family all the very best.

Maria Fleming Maria Fleming joined the Mathematics Department from Gosford Hill School in 2008, but her talents and interests extend far beyond the maths classroom. She speaks fluent French and is a very able musician. She soon established herself as a valuable member of the School Orchestra string section, the Chapel Choir and the Chamber Choir, playing in all of the major school concerts in the last three years. Extending the musical theme, her Dance Show performance with Adam Hahn in 2011 received rave reviews, as befits such a dedicated Strictly fan. Maria is also a great lover of outrageous shoes, blue wigs and David Ginola.

She leaves St Edward’s to begin an entirely new career in the very specialised field of Orthotics and Podiatry.

Linda Lyne Linda Lyne became St. Edward’s Homecoming Queen in 2006. Her nostos was completed and she returned to where she truly belonged. Unlike one of her favourite heroes, Odysseus, Linda’s absence had been but two years, but that was a sad biennium for St. Edward’s and the Classics Department in particular. She had kept all her crafts and skills finely honed at Hogwarts Headington where one of her star pupils was a young Hermione Granger, though judging from her three panto performances in the present era (marked by a very long nose and a truly terrifying cackle), we may think that Linda specialised more in the dark arts at that other place. In two ways she had never left: she is a friend to many in the Common Room, and the previously fusty Classics Society now became the increasingly funky and feisty Lyne Soc. The first meeting at which she toasted her own society was a showing of ‘Troy’. Although it is a mediocre film, Linda’s appreciation of Brad Pitt’s characterisation of the often near-naked hero Achilles was typically insightful. Her scholarship and erudition are in fact top-notch; her ability to show for example what is true in Homer, the humanity and suffering of 102  |  St Edward’s Chronicle 2010/11

the protagonists, is remarkable. Linda has always shown the same empathy and sensitivity in the Common Room where she is often the first person a colleague will seek out for a friendly shoulder and advice. Knowledge plus spark have made Linda a beloved and indispensible teacher for hundreds of pupils; her friendship and humour (sometimes appreciated over a small glass of non-Chardonnay type beverage) have made her a beloved and indispensible materfamilias for St. Edward’s teachers. Linda has retired (or has she . . ?) just up the Banbury Road to look after her mother so we look forward to seeing her take another bow very very soon.


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Tabatha Palmer Tabatha Palmer joined the Art Department at St Edward’s as an NQT in September 1997. She went straight into teaching our entire Lower School, over two hundred pupils. This was a daunting task for an NQT but a mission she set about with exemplary professionalism. She quickly took on the Upper School A level and IB pupils who also produced superb work. Tabatha is a truly inspiring teacher, and she encouraged pupils to strive for excellence through lessons which were instructive, imaginative and enjoyable. Tabatha was also the department’s “further Art education coordinator” and successfully guided sixteen pupils this year to gain places at leading art schools. This was a massive undertaking added to her already busy work load. She was also actively

engaged in many extracurricular activities, including sports. A deputy House Mistress for two years before she had her own children to care for, I know for a fact that the school tried to persuade her to be a full time Housemistress, an undertaking she understandably declined in order to spend more time with her young family. Tabatha’s love and enthusiasm for Art is not only evident in her teaching but also shines through in her own work. Despite teaching and parenting she still finds time to paint. A respected member of the Common Room, it has been touching to see a large number of teachers congratulate her on her new posting and to say how greatly she will be missed. Several teachers have asked me how I will manage in the

department without her; the answer is that I am not sure! In times of trouble both pupils and staff turned to Tabatha for her support. I cannot praise Tabatha enough as a teacher but more importantly I value her as a friend. I started at St Edward’s the same year as Tabatha and have seen her develop over the years in her role as teacher and more recently parent. Her family is at the centre of all she does and her values and standards in parenting are unsurpassed. I shall miss her as a colleague but am comforted that I will hopefully always have her as a close friend. There will be a gap in the Art Department at St Edward’s without her; she is truly irreplaceable and Perrott Hill is extremely fortunate to have recruited her. Peter Lloyd-Jones

during his time as Head of Department some of the school’s most brilliant pupils chose to read English at Oxbridge and other top universities. Inevitably they had been brilliantly prepared and went on to grace those institutions and to impress their tutors. Upon the appointment of Peter Middleton as Deputy Headmaster at Clifton in 2006, Richard surprised many by putting himself forward as Housemaster of Apsley. Richard was quickly able to adapt himself to the different challenges of running a boarding house and was an instant success. The pupils very much enjoyed the characteristic Pleming combination of rigour and beneficent liberalism and during his time, Apsley has become a house where eccentricity has flourished, where boys can be themselves. Wonderfully assisted by Rachel, Richard has been splendidly generous with his time and his kitchen, the venue for any number of jovial and entertaining gatherings. The boys under his roof have been hugely blessed in his care for

them and in the civilised and cultured atmosphere he has brought to the place. Apsley boys have a style all of their own, and any Apsley performance on stage is characterised by a splendidly amusing flamboyance, any performance on the pitch by a combination of dogged determination and charming amateurism which belies their competence, qualities which Richard so strongly manifests. This is hardly surprising given that the process of “enpleminging” starts at wake up when the boys of Apsley are brought into consciousness by the mellifluous tones of plainsong issuing from their housemaster’s lips. The boys have often asked me how it is possible for their housemaster to know so much; he is, many have remarked, a “Quote machine!” who has a proverb or aphorism for any situation ever perpetrated by the male adolescent! Under Richard’s benign rule, the pupils of Apsley have been able to be themselves and have always felt, quite rightly, that the House has an atmosphere different from any other. It is easy to be tricked into believing that Richard is purely a man of the word. The truth is quite different. He has often represented the Common Room at cricket in forays against the common rooms of other schools and never misses the weekly staff football game; in fact the time of the English departmental meeting had to alter at one stage to fit in with this weekly event! With Richard’s departure, the school will miss one of its most brilliant and civilised teachers. Personally I will very much miss the person who was responsible for my being appointed to the school and is one of my very closest friends. I have no doubt though that Richard will prove to be a huge success as Headmaster of Wrekin. We will miss very much Richard’s wonderful tweeds, his explosive laughter; we’ll miss his charm, his wit, his inventive word play, his rigorous academic approach and above all his warm civilisation. The HM body will be deprived of a voice of reason and caring liberalism. The school will also miss one of its most brilliant and extensive

Richard Pleming Richard came to St Edward’s in 1997 as Head of English having been a highly regarded Beak at Eton. In fact the story goes that he had been lined up to be Head of English there but that, wisely, he chose to accept David Christie’s offer to take the equivalent position at St Edward’s. Richard quickly established himself as the one of the school’s foremost Heads of Department. Results during his time improved greatly and it became clear to those who worked in his department that though he was a man of great understanding and humanity, high standards were expected of them. He proved himself to be a remarkably efficient manager, being able to master briefs extremely quickly and to push through his agenda effectively while taking people with him. Under Richard’s leadership we were very happy; he created an atmosphere in which hard work was done but in which we were able to enjoy ourselves tremendously and I know that two of the department’s most senior teachers, John Gidney and Robert Aldred, were never happier than when sparring with each other, goaded on by Richard’s gentle stirring! One of the great advantages that Richard had as a Head of Department was his unparalleled reading. There is hardly a book which Richard has not read, a profundity of learning which ensured that the pupils received from him a peerless education. However busy Richard has been he has kept up his reading and is always aware of the contents of the TLS and the Guardian, knew what was on at any given theatre and personally knew any Oxbridge tutor whom one cared or was able to mention. His readings of texts were always instructive and enlightening and, entirely characteristically, his extraordinary learning was worn very lightly; he would always preface remarks about a text with such phrases as “Was it x who said” followed by an entire quotation or “Am I right in thinking…?” Which inevitably he was! It is not surprising that

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families. Rachel has always played an important role in all Richard’s successes and we will miss her very much too. Her warm humour and prodigious intelligence adds so much to their partnership and we look forward tremendously to following her career as a novelist – her first novel has just been published. Both Clemmy and Katie were pupils at the school where both excelled academically; Clemmy has gone on to read English at St John’s College, Cambridge and at the time of writing, Katie has an offer to read French and Italian at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.

We wish Richard, Rachel, Clemmy, Katie, Toby, Daphne and Rowena all happiness at their new home. Happily though, Toby will be returning to St Edward’s in the VIth Form so we should not lose touch entirely. Doubtless Richard would be able to provide a more apposite quotation but when I come to write about him, I am reminded that he has, here at St Edward’s , in Wordsworth’s words, expended “…that best portion of a good man’s life; His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.” Richard Murray

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Mark Stephenson

I have had the pleasure of working alongside Chris in the Physical Education Department for the past two years. He first came to us as a Graduate Assistant and then, because he was too good to let go, he stayed with us the following year to assist with the delivery of lessons and coaching of Teddies teams in each of the three major games. Chris’ major coaching role over the last two years was to assist in the coaching of the 1st XI cricket side; his insightful and innovative coaching will be greatly missed. His contribution to the department has also been invaluable; Chris is excellent at identifying pupils’ strengths and weaknesses and at finding ways to stretch, challenge and empower pupils. This is especially evident in practical lessons and I am extremely grateful for all the work he has done in teaching Physical Education to the Shells and GCSE pupils this year. He is adroit at making technical points accessible to the young people he teaches and has built an excellent rapport with pupils in classes across the age range. He is ever willing to push himself to improve his command of different aspects of the subject and this is clearly evident in his chosen pathway into teaching. In September he will embark upon a PGCE course at Reading which will allow him to further develop his teaching in this subject area. I have no doubt that Chris will have a very successful career as a teacher; we are sad to see him go but excited at the prospect of him returning to the profession even better than he is now. We wish him well. Becky Drury

Mark Stephenson joined the History Department in September 2007 from Warwick School. The dynamism, eccentricity, knowledge and effort that he makes in teaching History will be sorely missed as he moves on to take up another history position at King’s College School, Wimbledon. As a teacher Mark’s first love is to instil a deep understanding of the events which he is teaching allied with a determination that his pupils will master the ability to produce interesting, analytical and wellwritten essays! There is something wonderfully old-fashioned and possibly heroic in Mark’s pedagogy; all of it carried off with his trademark sense of daring, utter professionalism and humour. A number of pupils have sometimes been overawed and nervous at the idea of being taught by Mark, for his reputation as the gauleiter of the Work Block together with his legendary stentorian voice and absolute efficiency can worry and intimidate the work-shy. However, once a pupil has been taught by Mark they quickly become great fans and form a veritable Varangian Guard in terms of loyalty. Mark’s pupils know that they are being taught History by an outstanding classroom teacher: someone who is deeply concerned and works amazingly hard to prepare provocative, enjoyable and fascinating classes. Mark is an all round schoolmaster and nowhere more so than in his role as Assistant Housemaster of Cowell’s, a role which he took on in January 2009. Mark took to his new responsibilities like the proverbial duck to water; here was a man who relished the cut and thrust of daily life in a boarding house. With an eye for detail that the Stasi itself would have been proud of, he would pursue miscreants until they were forced to wave the white flag and surrender; woe betide the errant teenager who decided to set off a fire extinguisher as an afternoon activity or indeed to have an extra couple of minutes in bed in the morning. Never one to draw a clear line of demarcation between the private and the public, he was often to be seen wielding an iron over his washing in the lobby or indeed during our 24 hour sponsored bicycle ride to Milan. Pity the boy who thought that this was the chance to seize the moment! As a 4th and 5th Form tutor, Mark’s tutees were in very safe hands: they appreciated

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his advice and the time that he was prepared to dedicate to them, willing to fight their corner but without compromising his high expectations. First and foremost Mark cared; there was nowhere for them to hide! Cricket is Mark’s greatest recreation when he is not reading history books and when he became Master-in-charge of Cricket in 2010 he typically dedicated himself to the job with his trademark enthusiasm, energy and attention to detail. He has been described as the greatest administrator ever. Mark’s involvement in the Common Room Corfe Cricket XI is worthy of recollection. In his first over for the cricket club, after having practised his bowling for three hours in the nets beforehand, he was smashed for 26 by the Dragon batsmen. He was so disgusted with his performance that he left the field and did not return! The world of St Edward’s and the Work Block in particular will be a quieter and calmer place with Mark’s departure. I will miss the clarity and analysis that he brings to any meeting and discussion about the wilder decisions made by senior management and the thoughtful advice and unfailing generosity of spirit that he brings to the department. I will finish with a few examples of the spirit and liveliness that Mark has brought to St Edward’s. There was the occasion when he was being observed by Sarah Kerr-Dineen and whilst impersonating Hitler, nearly took her head off as one of his gestures became particularly extravagant. Then there was the Singing of a World War I song at the Common Room Christmas lunch, the inevitable post prandial siesta on the battlefield of Hastings after lunch and the Stirling Moss mini-bus episode in Normandy. On this occasion the group was behind schedule in reaching the port and a mad dash across the country ensued. It left the principal map-reader, Richard Speirs and his fellow students in a state of shock and speechlessness, as all records were broken. In Mark Stephenson the department had its very own William the Conqueror! Jonathan Lambe


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mary Trotman Mary arrived a year after Andrew, initially to cover a term, which became a year, and then... so that’s the three days here. In between time at St Edward’s, Mary is at Summer Fields Prep School, where she will remain for the time being. Mary has been an inspiring mentor to numerous students of all academic abilities who have benefited from her expertise and insights into how to overcome barriers to learning. There is no more frustrating thing for a bright teenager than to feel held back by an innate learning problem. Mary has helped to unlock the potential of many and her students are enormously grateful to her for that. Mary raised the profile of shed-land at a stroke. Previously it had been a dreary place where Betty Morgan hummed tunelessly to herself as she unpacked boxes and David Perkins mused over the School’s past relics on quiet afternoons. But with Mary’s arrival came glamour, laughter and fluffy mats. Smiling pupils came and went all day. Suddenly shed-land was cool. Betty and Mary soon became chums in their semi-detached sheds, passing the time of day as neighbours do. Mary led the way in investigating mysteries like “the ants”, “the moat” and “the strange smell” – yes, Mary is very brave. This was great fun but all good things come to an end and eventually Mary, who was always concerned to create the best possible environment for her pupils, went back “inside”. Others are better placed to describe Mary’s dedication and professionalism but Mary will be missed for her humour, friendship and her kindness. Mary’s “inside” room was a haven – beautifully and tastefully decorated, interesting notices on her boards, lots of lovely pens and equipment. Scribing in her room was a joy as she is so organised and the scribee’s welfare very much considered as she left bottles of water, tissues and anything they may want. Needless to say, she has her pupils’ interest at heart and manages to send them off better equipped to deal with the daily pressures of school life. Here’s something you won’t know about Mary: Mary was (and maybe still is) a roadie to a band who will be playing at Glastonbury this year! Betty Morgan

Bella Wethey Bella Wethey arrived at St Edward’s from the advertising industry in 2005. She had been working at Saatchi and Saatchi but had decided that the life there no longer suited her. She turned to her first love, Latin and to a school with which she had a strong connection – both her father and her brothers are OSE. Her decision was, for us at St Edward’s, a very happy one. From the moment that Bella arrived here, it was obvious that she was a teacher of rare talent. She clearly loved Latin and her enthusiasm for the classical world was evident to those classes to whom she taught Classical Studies. At the time of her arrival, the Classics Department was manned by a people of great antiquity and they very much appreciated Bella’s youth, enthusiasm and charm. I always found that pupils taught by her enjoyed their lessons greatly and worked hard. It was not long before Bella was playing a major part in the pastoral running of Corfe House where she was a much loved tutor. The girls trusted her and found her a dependable and fair presence in House. Whenever one had dealings with one of her tutees, which was rare because she so clearly kept them in good order, it was obvious that solutions were always available because the girls trusted her and would listen to her advice.

Her pastoral expertise was soon recognised and a new position was created for her, namely Head of Shell year. Her role was rather more extensive than in the case of the other year group heads as she became responsible, along with the HMs, for

the settling in to the school of the new pupils. She performed this role with sensitivity and rigour, working out that the key was to control all the HMs during tutor meetings, a process involving charm, firmness and cakes! Bella was also a very good runner and she would take out a group of runners several times a week round North Oxford and its environs. I would often see her with her group of pupils; inevitably she would be in front, putting many of those much younger than her to shame. I have never seen anyone look so elegant in games clothes as Bella managed to. To my mind Bella has been a burst of fresh air from somewhere rather exotic. Her clothes have always been worthy of a Parisian catwalk and in particular her collection of shoes have dazzled in their variety and colour, even in darkest February. She is devoted to her terrier Bumble who has been her constant companion for the last few years and, like her mistress, has been a charming and wellbehaved presence around the school! Bella has accepted a teaching position at Tanglin School in Singapore, a part of the world in which she spent some of her childhood. She goes in the knowledge that she has achieved a great deal at St Edward’s and that she will be very much missed. Farewell Bella! Richard Murray St Edward’S ChroniClE 2010/11 | 105


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New Teaching Staff Stephen Jones becomes the 13th Warden, and joins from Dover College. Dr Anthony Bullard joins from Reading School as the new Head of Chemistry. Ollie Richards, the incumbent, becomes HM of Apsley House. Dr Woodward joins from Millfield School as 2nd in Chemistry. Michaella Prince joins as 2nd in English from Kelvinside Academy. Jonny Saunders also joins the English Department. Two new teachers join the History Department in September 2011. Mr Edward Dingwall joins from Berkhamsted School, and Miss Anna Fielding joins from Ampleforth. Mr Dominic Barker joins the Maths Department. Philosophy is joined by Jonathan Thomson and Dr Helen McCabe who joins us from MCS and the University of Oxford. Classics is joined by Jonathan Nelmes, from Blundell’s School. Stephen Chambers joins the department also. Rebecca Bates joins the Biology Department from Oxford Academy.

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Common Room New Roles Sarah Cox joins the French Department from Cheney School and Mr Luis Jimenez Herrera has been appointed to teach Spanish and joins from Brentwood School. Jeremy Mather joins Economics, and from the Arkeley Wood School Rebecca Clark joins the Drama Department. While not a member of the teaching staff, per se, Emma Wahlen joins as Head of Careers. She comes from Aston Martin, where she was HR Director.

New arrivals Congratulations to Emma and Andrew Grounds on the safe arrival of William Morley on 11th May 2011. Congratulations to Amy and Ollie Richards on the safe arrival of Freya Isobel, a sister for Harry and Sam. Freya was born on 12th May and weighed 7lb 10oz.

Sadly missed Common Room and staff were very sad to hear that Peter Nye, husband of Moira Nye, died on Saturday 9 July, 2011. He is missed by all.

Nicola Hunter is now Deputy Academic Director. Heads of Year for 2011/2012 are: Shells Simon Larter-Evans Fourths Andrew Grounds Fifths Simon Roche Lower Sixth Mark Hanslip Upper Sixth Alice Wishart Jane Collier becomes Secretary to the Academic Director and Tracy Millard becomes Common Room Secretary. Jason Clapham has been promoted to Head of English. Ollie Barstow becomes Assistant Housemaster in Cowell’s House. Edward Clark has accepted the position of Data Officer and Digital Educational Resources Co-ordinator. Mark Hanslip will be responsible for running the Overseas Exchange programme. Huw Jones has been appointed Head of Geography. Simon Roche is Master-in-charge of Cricket. Rebecca Ting is now Development Director. Jonathan Lambe has been appointed Co-ordinator of Extended Projects.


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Tweed Members of the Common Room gathered on the last day of winter routine to celebrate the glamour of tweed. Often the garment of choice among HMs, tweed has a long history in schools, is de rigueur for Oxford academe and for at least one member of staff a tweed jacket was on the uniform list as a boy. Harris Tweed, the cloth of choice and hand-woven to this day, is even enshrined by an act of parliament. Jesse Elzinga (wearing a bow tie) has adopted tweed as much as he has adopted Englishness, and in such a costume leaps towards Harrow as its new Director of Studies. It is in his honour that, with tongue firmly in cheek, it may well become tradition each year to ‘gather ye tweedies while ye may.’

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Rugby 1st XV Vs Bloxham Vs Rugby Vs Shiplake

Won 24-7 Lost 0-11 Lost 11-23

Vs Marlborough Won 18-15 Vs Pangbourne Won 24-20 Vs Stowe

Lost 15-47

Vs Dean Close

Won 43-10

Vs MCS

Won 25-20

Vs Cheltenham

Won 18-16

Vs Radley

Lost 7-10

Vs Oratory

Cancelled

Vs Abingdon

Cancelled

Rugby is a game in which passion frequently plays a major part, where stirring and harnessing strong emotions can make the difference between winning and losing. Add to this passion the other qualities that the 2010 1st XV displayed such as preparation, commitment and dedication, suddenly you have a very powerful team. The 2010 season started after a week-long training camp at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester. Bloxham were the first visitors to Upper 1 and on a bright sunny day in September they found the 1st XV in no mood to be charitable. With forwards and backs running freely in attack and offloading at every opportunity St Edward’s won by 24-7 with tries from Chris Asembo, Rupert Shipperley and Hamish Atkinson. Rugby have for a couple of years been somewhat of a bogey side for us. A drop goal awarded a few years ago, that in fact had been punted through the post and a last gasp penalty last season both prevented us from beating one of our most famous and fierce rivals. This season proved to be no different. Hamish Atkinson broke his arm in the first minute and an injury to Rupert Shipperley depleted the side of two of its most attacking options. A very aggressive and powerful back row for Rugby dominated the game and although the team were always in touch, in truth we looked second best and eventually lost 0-11. Shiplake proved to be a significant moment in the season. We kicked off and scored 11 points in as many minutes and all looked rosy. However we lost our concentration, fluency and control of the game and what had probably and should have been a comfortable victory turned into a scrappy and error-ridden game. A turnover at the scrum and some sloppy defence led to two Shiplake tries and although the boys fought hard, the game was lost and should be confined to the archives; it did not make very good viewing. Having said that you will recall that I mentioned earlier it was a pivotal moment. Anger, frustration, desire and a whole host of other emotions would drive the boys through training that week as we prepared for one of the biggest games of the season against Marlborough. The backs ruled on this day. The forwards supplied excellent set piece ball and at one point Teddies went out to a 18-8 lead with tries from Paddy Maynard, Rupert Shipperley and Chris Asembo. Marlborough to their credit never gave up and with minutes to go scored underneath the posts. They converted the try quickly and this only added to the tension and drama. The boys looked incredibly nervous, but as the last few minutes of the game ticked away we gained control of the ball and ran the clock out. It was a memorable victory 18-15 and essentially it kick started the season. In closely fought games you need your best players to stand up and be counted. Pangbourne had proved very difficult opponents to overcome in the last few years and they did not disappoint this year either. However, the try scoring duo of Shipperley and Asembo once again proved how dangerous they are with the ball in hand. Chris Asembo carved his way through

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the Pangbourne defence from a lineout to score underneath the posts and Rupert Shipperley utilised the blind side to good effect, scoring one and setting up another for Charlie Blanchard. Teddies won 24-20, a great victory away from home. Stowe have in recent years made significant improvements and they demonstrated how far they have come as they comfortably dispatched the St Edward’s 1st XV, the eventual score being 15-47 to Stowe. It didn’t feel like a heavy defeat as for prolonged periods of time we were in the game, but in the end we had no answer to their pace and power; they were simply the much better side. This just left Dean Close as the last game before half-term. The first half was somewhat of a horror show, but some barn-storming runs from Aron Coleman, Anthony Kent and Hamish Atkinson now recovered from his injury, provided good quick ball for the rest of the team, the points soon started to flow and Teddies ran out winners by 43-10. The second half of the season started with three big games: Magdalen College School, Cheltenham College and Radley. Magdalen College School arrived having only lost twice all season. With a South African No 10 who was built like a prop and a mobile and dominant pack we knew we were in for a tough afternoon. David Stone was outstanding in defence, making tackle after tackle in trying to repel MCS forwards and Rupert Swan was his usual belligerent self and quite frankly a nuisance to the opposition. An injury early on in the game to Anthony Kent would not only deprive us of our first choice loose head, but would also effectively rule him out of the rest of the season. However, the game of rugby does not wait for anyone and from the 2nd XV Gully Burrows stepped on to Upper 1. The side story here is Gully’s rugby journey through school, from the Yearlings D, Junior Colts C, Captain of the Colts B and he played one game for the Colts A. As well as this Gully has appeared for the 4th XV, 3rd XV and 2nd XV’s during his time in the 6th form. Gully was immense at scrum time and never looked back from this point on. With tries from Rupert Shipperley and Hamish Atkinson Teddies eventually ran out 25-20 winners. In a break from tradition I will skip ahead to the next game against Radley for reasons that will become apparent later. Radley as always were going to be very tough to opposition. For all their possession and pressure they only scored one converted try and a penalty. Despite a late try from Hamish Atkinson, we could never really place Radley under a concerted pressure and we lost the game 7-10. Revd Charles Scott Gillett wrote in the December 1907 Chronicle that ‘of the all the good points of this season’s XV, the one that has struck me the most is the way in which the whole side have kept their heads in the heat of the conflict and have in each successive match more and more remembered to do the things that they have practised rather than the things which in the excitement of the moment would be the most easy and natural.’ I think this best describes the game against Cheltenham. Cheltenham College had beaten Radley by 54-20 scoring eight


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2nd XV As the ball sailed through the uprights, the final whistle blew for the end of the game and a quite remarkable victory for the 1st XV 18-16. The Reverend would have been exceptionally proud.

tries, they were big, powerful and looked full of confidence in their warm up, perhaps a little too confident? From the kick off Cheltenham dropped the ball, resulting in a scrum. Charlie Instone as solid as ever at Number 8 linked with Rupert Shipperley down the blind side, 5-0 to Teddies. More pressure and more errors from Cheltenham forced a scrum on the left hand side of the pitch. Some great scrummaging from the pack gave time and space for Paddy Maynard to ‘dummy’ his way through a whole and score underneath the posts. The subsequent conversion made the score 12-0. Cheltenham were a very good side and although their confidence was dented they moved in to another gear and started to play rugby. As the second half ticked away the score was 15-13 to Teddies with a few minutes to go. Cheltenham ran the length of the field. There were a number of try saving tackles particularly from Reuben Mynheer who on numerous occasions saved the day for us. However, in our exuberance to prevent a try the defensive line gave away a penalty in front of the posts and Cheltenham took the lead with time practically up. It was at this point that Revd C S Gillett’s comment starts to ring true. We kicked off and reclaimed the ball, set up a driving maul and when it eventually went to ground, a Cheltenham player put his hands in the ruck and we were awarded a penalty. With the side lines now packed with Teddies and Cheltenham boys, parents and staff, Rupert Shipperley stepped up and with consummate poise and confidence kicked the winning penalty. As the ball sailed through the uprights, the final whistle blew for the end of the game and a quite remarkable victory for the 1st XV 18-16. The Reverend would have been exceptionally proud. So after the leave weekend the last few weeks of the season would give us an opportunity, against Oratory and Abingdon to improve on the season’s record of played 10, won 6, lost 4. However, it was not meant to be. The weather closed in and the last two games were cancelled. It was a little bit of a sad ending to the season, but I would have gladly missed these last two games to experience the euphoria of the Marlborough and Cheltenham College games.

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The main aim for the 2nd XV is to facilitate the 1st XV and aid them to be as successful as possible. This may be getting certain players into form so that they can challenge for a chance to play on Upper 1, helping players who have been dropped regain confidence or have a player ready for an emergency on the day of the game. Therefore if we take into context the 1st XV results and see how many players changed over the course of the season you can say it was a successful season for the 2nd XV as it achieved its main function. The results on the other hand were a different matter – good wins against Bloxham and Dean Close were wiped out by poor performances against Radley and Stowe with the team ever changing from week to week. The best performances of the season came against strong 2nd XVs in Marlborough and Rugby where even though it was obvious there was a gulf in class, the Teddies spirit was in abundance showing true grit by frustrating their opponents. Stand-out players in the team such as Gulliver Burrows, Freddie Shelton, Charlie Blanchard and Hector Besant all earned their promotions to the 1st XV with Alex Burns and George Chetwode being ever present.


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3rd XV Results for the 3rd XV of 2010 could not be deemed as vintage but the camaraderie, spirit and passion of the boys matured splendidly over the course of the season. Time after time the boys would turn up, often the magical 10 minutes late, to training on the Tuesday, critique themselves, understand the team’s dilemma, practise their downfalls and be in tune for the Saturday match. The marvellous thing was that it had absolutely no effect on what they did at the week’s end. This, along with the thievery of the upper echelons, caused a dynamic team to form, where players were often unceremoniously shifted about to staunchly defend in unfamiliar positions, and it is a credit to the players how they coped. Being such a dynamically fluid team, I may not have named everybody who graced the 3rd XV with their talent, but here are a few players that stood firm, developed the team to what it was to become with their repartee and skill and were generally a joy to coach. Captain Kit Lloyd was the soul of the team, always ready to stick by his team mates and lead them from the front; Kit led a skilled but sometimes mistake-ridden back line where Jack Shuker, Will Marsh, Tom Glover and Hugh Coles would conceive ingenious ways of breaking the game line, often through uncomfortable running lines to baffle the opposition. Sometimes they would nearly make it but be pulled down by a stoical final defender or an overambitious thrown pass at the end of the move. Simple rugby was not their style. Defence was a consistent problem, unfortunately, and though often they would gallantly tackle to defend, the opposition would see their way through, and it was up to the David Sansom, our self appointed Vice-captain, to upset their play. Unfortunately speed was not on David’s side, but having the heart of a lion kept the games from being too much of an upset. The forwards’ success relied on their power, and commitment to put their body on the line, none more so than John O’Hara, Peter Leslie and Harry Hollingworth, ideal candidates for the position of flankers. The back row consisted of Messrs Norgate, Stickland, Ogston and Lea, depending on who was fit to play, and they played admirably throughout the season. Skill was not their forté, but commitment to the team was, so much so that master Ogston positively shunned higher level teams to play for the mighty 3rd XV. Who to choose as prop was never the highlight of the week’s decision-making, the valiant position was often shunned, but from a pool of Thompson, Sandberg, Hui and Abdulrazaq a couple were picked to be the pillars of the scrum, though Anas Abdulrazaq was a more competent team morale-booster, with his eloquently worded speeches. Ed Strong or George Chaffer played very skilled rugby as utility forwards and were reliable in any position but often ended up in the middle of the ‘Pillars’ as a dynamic hooker. As was said at the beginning of the report, results were not the be all and end all of this 3rd XV. The way they conducted themselves in matches, sometimes even with a polite and gentlemanly conversation halfway through the second half, showed their commitment to the morals that they stood by of being dignified in defeat and courteous when winning. These high morals, in my mind, allow them to carry the name of the mighty 3rd XV. They have been a pleasure to coach. Thank you.

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Colts A Rugby School was always going to be a difficult challenge and although we won reasonably convincingly last year, the school where the sport was invented were always going to come back strong. Playing on Upper 1 was a great incentive for the boys and it proved to be a gritty attritional battle.

Overall the 2010 campaign for the Colts A squad was an extremely successful one. Spending four days away at Cirencester Agricultural College on an intensive pre-season camp was invaluable and was a fantastic way to get all the boys together after a long, lazy summer. The major emphasis that we put on this camp was to create a positive team spirit around the squad and to hone our skills and give us a head start on other schools before the term had started. Bloxham were our first opponents on a sunny day in early September. It was pleasing to see that our time spent away in Cirencester along with our three days training at school leading up to the game had made a massive impact on how we played. We started with real purpose and looked very comfortable with the ball going forward and although we looked vulnerable in defence at times, overall it was an impressive start to the season running in eight tries including a superb Ruairi Willis individual effort. A positive start but areas to work on. One extremely disappointing event to come out of the game was Ryan Savage’s nasty injury to his eye socket. Unfortunately Ryan needed treatment after the game and would miss the rest of the season. This was a huge blow to the squad as he was instrumental throughout the match before the incident. Rugby School was always going to be a difficult challenge and although we won reasonably convincingly last year, the school where the sport was invented were always going to come back strong. Playing on Upper 1 was a great incentive for the boys and it proved to be a gritty attritional battle. James Connolly and Nick de Klee proved the difference in the end scoring two tries each and looking dangerous with ball in hand throughout the game. A 22-10 win was pleasing although there were certain aspects of the game such as getting to the breakdown quicker which needed to be addressed.

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Our third match against Shiplake proved to be a similar affair to Rugby. The only difference being that our forwards started the game superbly with enormous ferocity and passion. This proved to be the platform for our 12-0 victory. Credit to Shiplake for their tremendous work rate and defence keeping the try count to only two. More composure on the ball was needed at times and if it wasn’t for some greedy individuals, the score line may have been more favourable to St Edward’s. However, three wins out of three was an impressive start to the season. Our first away game saw us travel to local rivals Marlborough. Having lost to them last year because of a very poor opening twenty minutes, it was vital that we didn’t do the same this time round. I naively thought that a motivational team talk before the game meant a poor start wouldn’t be repeated.....How wrong I was! Throughout the first half, we were off the pace, missed tackles and were not reacting to anything. Having found ourselves five tries down at half time, we eventually started putting a few phases together and two superb individual efforts by Nick de Klee and a James Connolly try meant we were back in with a chance with 15 minutes to go. However a lucky breakaway try from Marborough put an end to a magical comeback! A pleasing second half display but it was a game of ‘what if’! In the end a 19-37 loss. Pangbourne was the most pleasing result of the whole season and something as a coach I will not forget in a hurry. Having been thrashed by them 41-0 last year, it was credit to the whole squad that we managed to turn around this deficit and record a 19-5 victory. With Pangbourne scoring in the first thirty seconds, I thought it could be a long afternoon. However, tremendous fighting spirit by the forwards and some great tactical play by some of our key play makers meant for a joyous day! Alex Hargreaves dictated the game well from fly half and tries from himself, James Connolly and George Anthony-Jones capped off a fantastic game of rugby. A superb effort by all involved. We turned Pangbourne’s result around from last season, could we do the same against Stowe? Unfortunately this was not to be the case and I believe that this was a real missed opportunity. If it wasn’t for a few silly mistakes and some poor tackling, I believe we could have won this game. For large parts of the match, we played all the rugby and looked more dangerous going forward. However, we couldn’t sustain it throughout and Stowe to their credit capitalised on our mistakes and punished us wherever possible. A 19-29 loss was hard to take but again there were so many positives to come out of the match. Two convincing wins against Dean Close and Magdalen College School led us into the two big games to finish with – Cheltenham and Radley. Unfortunately it was a disappointing end of the season with a 3-21 loss against Cheltenham and a 12-62 loss against Radley. The team showed great commitment and fighting spirit against Cheltenham and were excellent in the last twenty minutes. Unfortunately the opposition had a couple of very talented and skilful backs which proved the difference on the day.


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The games against Oratory and Abingdon were cancelled due to the poor weather. Overall it was a very enjoyable and successful season for the Colts A. I have thoroughly enjoyed coaching them this year along with Dr Mallaband and it has been a pleasure watching certain boys develop over the season. Nick de Klee and James Connolly led by real example throughout the term and boys such as Ivan Touloumbadjian, Freddie Simon, Alex Hargreaves, Sam Baring and Angus Spratling continued to impress in all aspects of their game. Alex Knott’s fighting spirit and determination all term was great to see in despite of the injuries he picked up and the likes of Titus Morley, George Burt, Tom Hanscomb, Sam Macdonald Smith, Finn Joynson, Hugo Auer, George Anthony-Jones, Ruairi Willis and Henry Penny showed huge improvement. I look forward to seeing many of the boys represent the 1st XV in 2011.

Colts B It may seem high praise indeed to compare an Under-16 ‘B’ XV to an international outfit, but the Colts Bs of 2010 played a style of rugby almost identical to that of the French national side in recent years. Here was a fine body of men, athletic, undoubtedly skilful, committed (for the most part) and at the same time equally able to push the self-destruct button with both hands and as a result not get the results that they deserved. Rearguard actions against strong Marlbourgh, Rugby and Stowe sides left us wondering where wins might come from. Too often stubborn defence gave way to tame surrender, yet the marvellous victories over Pangbourne, Shiplake and MCS mercifully sweetened what was in all a frustrating season. The talent of the players at the school’s disposal was impressive. The tight five was dominated by Cameron Cockburn and Harry Kennedy. Cockburn was not too dissimilar to a veteran yeoman of Agincourt, ruddy face and earnest heart never to be broken. Kennedy was rough, tough and thuggish; everything you might expect from a second-row. Never ones to shirk responsibility, they always led from the front, and it was upon the steady platform which they provided that our victories were built. Behind them the back row contained scavengers and tacklers aplenty. Tom Lord skulked around the field like a feisty velociraptor hunting for a kill, whilst Joey Barr was as ruthless as the Grim Reaper, such was his success in scything down opponents when they least expected it. As a unit the pack was impressive. Josh Hillier and Will Morgan often overcame opponents’ line-outs, whilst Alex Dickens, Frazer Worboys and Michael Edwards were all willing runners. In the backs we had the skills and the players, who on their day could cut teams to ribbons. Darius Laud was a nugget of power and matted hair at the base of the scrum, often going above and beyond his call of duty to create space and time for those outside him (his hat-trick vs Pangbourne being particular testament to this). It was here that the footballing skills of Ruairi Willis came into play. Not fond of contact, Willis instead evaded defences with great pace, classy footwork and a little Irish swagger. His box of tricks seemed limitless: from cross field kicks to ludicrous dummies, he was never short of invention. At MCS the backline fired on all cylinders to the tune of a 57-13 victory, Willis himself instrumental in orchestrating an orgy of points from midfield.

Willis’ demolition of MCS was ably assisted by his backline colleagues, who all played with a robust flair. Saul Glick, Henry Dardis and Archie Blanchard were the Gibbs, Carling and Guscott of the side. Each was very capable with ball in hand, whilst also being able to front up and tackle the big midfield runners that Stowe and Marlborough threw at us. On the wings Frank Zhang and Ollie Yeatman were at times unstoppable. Both tackled well above their size, and had that essential winger’s quality: a nose for the whitewash. At full-back, Max Holland forged a position for himself. Confident under the high ball, powerful on the charge, fearless in defence, he created a very strong attacking option when he broke into the line. So the pieces were there, and even when injuries or the A-team robbed us cruelly of Glick, Yeatman and Dardis, we were lucky enough to have the likes of Luke Stevenson, Fergus McAloon and Leo Hartley-Russell to take their place and keep the side strong. However, the results too often slipped away. A 29-14 come-from-behind win against Pangbourne was overshadowed by losses to Radley and Cheltenham (each by only five points). The frustration came from knowing that these were games that could and in the future should be won, a frustration further enhanced by our chances to redeem ourselves being taken from us by the weather as both Abingdon and Oratory fixtures were cancelled. Next year these boys will be an asset to the school’s senior rugby programme, and it was an absolute pleasure to coach them to the albeit limited success of this year.

Colts C It was a fine day at the beginning of September when all the Colts players, under the leadership of Mr Sandbach, gathered together for a spot of early season fitness training. This also happened to be part of a cunning squad selection process which would ultimately yield an A, B and C squad. For reasons of secrecy and survival this process remains unwritten, except for an ancient parchment copy which is hidden somewhere in the School archives. This is known by a very few people. So having gone through this traumatic procedure, imagine the surprise on boys’ faces when having been carefully selected to play in the Colts C’s they find that their coach is a musician who immediately began to ask of musical background and would they like to join the Concert Band! Training was a feat of athleticism unbeknown to any previous Colts C team and it was very soon that we learned to pass the ball at least four times and sometimes backwards as well! We also learned that by standing still we sometimes got in the way of our opposition and passed this particular skill off as a tackle. The results may not have always gone our way, but they were certainly character building, which may come as no surprise given the number of characters within the squad. We did, however, give of our best in every match and there were many gritty performances and injuries. Losing Ayoola in the early part of the season was a blow and Merson’s broken ankle during the Cheltenham match seemed to signal the end of season, just before the cold weather made it official. I would like thank Messrs Firoozan, Sullivan, Du, Gibbs, Barrell, Rhee, Carr, Willetts, Metcalfe, McAloon, Bethall, Merson and Ayoola for their commitment, sense of humour and dedication to rugby.

We also learned that by standing still we sometimes got in the way of our opposition and passed this particular skill off as a tackle.

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There is a great deal of potential in this group. They were fun to coach, they played good rugby in an excellent spirit and were good ambassadors for the school.

This was a very enjoyable and successful season. It ended with a 70% win record and it was a great sadness that due to frozen pitches we were not able to complete the fixtures with Abingdon and Oratory. Large defeats from the previous season were turned around, the boys played with determination, a great team spirit and no little skill. The season started with a comfortable win over Bloxham, in which Jamie D’Alton (H) hinted at his try-scoring prowess as he ran in a brace, and along with Ed Measey (C) showed that our centre partnership had a great deal of exciting potential and looked threatening all afternoon. Our first real challenge of the season came the following week against Rugby School, who the year before had won 0-33. There was a sense of a coming of age in this match as we travelled away to win 10-7. Our first half display, in which we absorbed a great deal of early pressure, was fantastic. The tight driving of our forwards, Jamie Machin (A) in particular, the leg drive in rucks provided by Toby Baring (H) and the impressive scrummaging of David Kelly (E), Tom Cutbill (G) and Will Spooner (H) meant our back line again had the opportunity to look threatening and pose problems from all areas of the pitch, with Joe Barrett (B) impressing in only his second game for the school as he crossed for a try. In the second half our defence was put under a great deal of pressure but we held on to secure a hugely morale-boosting victory, with Alfie Nickerson (F) showing the determination and perseverance that made him an ever present in the squad for the remainder of the season (in a variety of positions), and Peter Sliwinski (B) showing that when presented with the right opportunity he could be a very destructive runner. After the tough Rugby match we had an easy win against Shiplake in which Harry Kene (C) had an impressive A team debut, scoring a try. As a team we perhaps did not play as well as we should have done in this fixture but it meant we went in to the Marlborough match having played 3 and won 3. We showed a little inexperience in this match and ended up losing 17-23, but there were aspects of the performance that were absolutely outstanding. Our pack scrummaged brilliantly against a much larger outfit with Spooner to the fore and our back play, particularly in unstructured phases, was incredibly exciting. Supplied with ball by the forwards and Olly Butcher (E) and marshalled by Miles Hammond (H), our backs scored three scintillating tries through Measey, D’Alton and Ollie Ford (H) to give us a 17-15 lead with 5 minutes to go. Sadly we lost a little composure at this stage to give them an easy penalty that they kicked for 3 points and the lead; in the dying moments as we threw everything at them they managed another score to give them a flattering 6 point win. What a game! In this match Adam Lotter (C) made his first start of the season, Daniel Golubchenko (B) cemented his position as an integral member of the pack with his incredibly strong mauling, tackling and running and Hammond showed how his ability to control phases of games was improving, The next fixture, against Pangbourne, was another that had been a loss the previous year. Not so this time around. Paddy Mark (F) had an excellent debut and made himself a regular in the team. Our defence was strong, with D’Alton standing out in this aspect of his performance as well as scoring another 2 tries, and again our scrummaging gave us an excellent base from which to attack. This was then carried forward to our game against Stowe. Baring gave their hooker a torrid time and we were completely the better team for the first 30 minutes, in appalling conditions, but failed to convert many of the try

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scoring opportunities we had, possibly due to white line fever. Jonty Barrie (C) impressed in this game, along with Captain and back row colleague Will Cornish (H), but sadly we fell asleep immediately after half time to let Stowe in for a relatively easy try which they converted. Try as we might we couldn’t seem to then snatch enough momentum back as their back line closed ours down very quickly and we sadly lost a game we probably should have won. This is a fixture to target next year! The Dean Close fixture was again one that had been lost the previous year and was sad because it was the last match Cornish and Kelly played for us as they picked up injuries. On the plus side it saw the debut of Tom Letch (A) in the back row and showed what an elusive and exciting runner he is. The scrummaging was again excellent and for the first half we were once again very good and much the better team. We let them in for more points than we would have liked but it was, overall, a very positive performance. This was then followed up by another excellent win, against Magdalen College School, in which we ran out 46-7 victors. Machin, Letch and Golubchenko stood out up front, Barrie snaffled two tries and Lotter did an excellent job in his first ever match as prop. Next up was Cheltenham College; always a challenging fixture. This year they were again strong and came at us very strongly right from the beginning. Our forwards worked very hard to produce an excellent platform, as we had come to expect of them, and provided good ball for our dangerous backs to attack with. The result was an excellent team performance, particularly in the first half, and a fine 28-15 win. By this stage of the season injuries and illness were starting to hit us and we went in to what turned out to be our last game of the season with a much changed team. Radley will always be hard to beat and with such a disjointed team it was going to be very hard to play to our true potential. One player, however, who had an absolutely outstanding A team debut was Feroz Beg (H). He bravely and successfully tackled much larger boys all day and scored with his first touch of the ball. Sadly with more injuries during the game it was a great shame we ended our matches for the season with a loss; I am utterly convinced that the boys had a great chance of success in the Oratory and Abingdon fixtures had they been played. In summary, this was a very successful season and I am hopeful the boys have put in place a base they can build on and so improve further as a team next year. There is a great deal of potential in this group. They were fun to coach, they played good rugby in an excellent spirit and were good ambassadors for the school. It only remains to thank the dedicated and devoted parents who supported us whenever they could, the ground staff for the excellent facilities we have to play and train on every week and the catering team who look after us as well. I look forward to the 2011 season.

Junior Colts B The U15Bs had a fantastic season. The boys began strongly with two crushing 55-0 victories on the road at Rugby and Shiplake. Harry Keen scored five tries in the first game of the season, getting off to a cracking start. Tristan Benfield, Henry Hughes and Josh McKnight established themselves early on as the workhorses and the engine room of the team, piling in to rucks and racking up the tackle counts. Marlborough was one of only two losses during the 2010 season. Despite going down 7-42 the game was competitive throughout and the boys were unfortunately


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outmuscled and outpaced. What they did show in abundance was the willingness and desire to fight hard in the face of adversity which presented itself here in the form of a much better side. Paddy Mark’s consolation try was one of the most satisfying of the year because it came from so much endeavour against an extremely resolute defence. 69-0 victories against Pangbourne and Dean Close allowed the boys to boost the try counts but also showed their ability to concentrate for the full match and keep a clean sheet despite being under pressure at times. The craving for a tough match-up was met in an away fixture at Stowe on a rainy slippery day in their picturesque 100 acre grounds. Danny Olashore and Tom Bowker put up a wall in the centres to defend against wave after wave of attack on our line. This followed Milo Browne’s break away try. He excelled at full-back all season, top scoring with 8 tries and counter attacking with style. Danny Cellan-Jones made his debut against Stowe and proved useful in the lineout and powerful in the scrummage alongside the experienced Connor Frost who showed a good attitude all year and Captain Simon Burns who tackled like an angry terrier all season. Fortunately our try was converted from the touch line by virtuoso kicker Tom Isola so that when Stowe finally breached our lines, their failure to slot the conversion proved costly and a narrow 7-5 victory was ours. Browne’s try haul was nearly matched by the powerhouse that is Peter Sliwinski with 8 and Feroz Beg with 6 for the Bs and another couple for the As. Yuri Chekelski, Charles Wright and Jack Vincent were also useful wingers when given space to run. Wright played particularly well when asked to slot in at scrum-half and helped us to a good win against local rivals MCS which was followed up by another important win against Cheltenham. James Coker and Jack Garrod were also blooded in the Bs, Coker stepping in seamlessly with good performances and Garrod certainly one to watch for the future with excellent feet. The major let down of the season was against Radley where after being two tries to the good the boys ended up losing 14-21 in a hard fought match; some focus was lost and tackling and rucking slipped. However, I felt the major lesson that the boys learnt throughout the season was that they were much stronger as a team than as individuals and that if they stayed cohesive they could take on the best opposition. The following statistics provide a snapshot of the season and I believe the first is the most telling and demonstrates a story of unselfishness and teamwork. The season by numbers: 19 different try scorers, tries conceded 11, tries scored 48.

Junior Colts C Overall the Junior Colts C XV enjoyed a successful and enjoyable season with a record of four games won and five games lost in the regular season. Highlights of the season were a comprehensive 59-0 win against Shiplake, a resounding 41-15 victory over MCS and a brilliant 34-5 success against Cheltenham. The team improved immeasurably throughout the term and I have no doubt that a large number of the side will develop into A and B teams players of the future. In particular the front row combinations of Ait Tahar, Arrowsmith, Cellan-Jones and Lewington became a real strength, typifying the team’s excellent resilience. They were well supported in the second row by MacClancy, Ramos and Moore who grew in strength and stature as the season progressed. James Coker developed into a first class number 8 and was given admirable support by Roberts, Colman and Kaye on the flank. Credit must be given to the whole of the

pack for their enthusiasm and determination, but particularly to Will Arrowsmith, this year’s captain. The high standards achieved on the field can be attributed to his positive approach and organisation – well done. The backs handled the ball fantastically at times, and their main assests were the devastating try scoring ability of Garrod, the classy skills of Moore Hobbis at fly half and the all-round strength of Neville–Rolfe and Vincent. Harrison Blyth developed into a tenacious scrum half, Freddie Creed was a dynamic full back and Ball, Gittos and Vasylevskyy all played skilfully on the wing. A special mention must go here to Jack Garrod who scored 12 tries during the season, a magnificent effort and a record that will be very hard to beat at C team level – well done. I would finally like to thank all the parents who gave consistent and valuable support to the side throughout the season.

Yearlings A First game of the season, 6 minutes played and we were 21 points down; Mr Parker and I looked at each other and both thought the same thing – a long season lay ahead of us. Our great hopes of a successful campaign looked to have been floored at the first hurdle! However, our glasses remained half full, and by the end of that first game against Bloxham, they were positively brimming over! Suffice to say, we didn’t quite sneak a victory, but the character and considerable off loading skills of the players gave us plenty of optimism in what transpired to be a 32-36 defeat. The following week we played against Rugby and once again got off to a slow start, finding ourselves 7-20 in arrears at half time. However, our improved body heights in contact, and willingness to run the ball from our own line brought us a well deserved 21-20 victory in the last minute of the game, courtesy of Ed Kinman’s conversion. As expected, the opening two games had confirmed that considerable progress needed to be made to our handling skills and running lines. Without an understanding and appreciation of such basics, it would be impossible to unleash the physical potential of players such as Angus Knott, Emmanuel Ezekiel and James Chainey, amongst others. Notable improvements were visible in the next two games against Shiplake and Marlborough. We were simply too hot to handle against Shiplake and on the wide open expanses of Avenue we ran in 8 tries, to win 55-10. Hugo McCarthy and Toby Cornish were outstanding and both will develop into fine rugby players if they continue to be so receptive to coaching advice. In contrast, the visit of Marlborough resulted in a bitterly disappointing defeat. Although comfortably the better side, complacency and two moments of real naivety cost us the game; losing by 19-26 was a tough blow to take, but I am confident we will taste victory in future fixtures against this side. Our last run out before half term was against Dean Close. Will Bull on the wing and George Henry at full back made notable contributions. George was very assured under the high ball and his deceptive pace gave Will Bull copious opportunities to cut in off his wing to straighten play. Calvin Dickinson at scrum half moved the ball efficiently from the breakdown, whilst Albert Mitchell and Piers Thomas ensured a steady stream of lineout ball. Although we never really hit top gear we still managed to muster 45 points whilst conceding just a try.

Our great hopes of a successful campaign looked to have been floored at the first hurdle! However, our glasses remained half full, and by the end of that first game against Bloxham, they were positively brimming over!

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The team was a talented and positive group of boys who were attentive in training and produced some excellent rugby.

Having rested up over half term, we were more than ready for another fixture. Magdalen were the unlucky recipients of some of the best rugby in recent years played by a St Edward’s Yearlings XV. Playing with real width, we stretched our opposition at every opportunity. The boys showed an understanding of when to move the ball, when to offload and when to simply accept a phase and recycle. Freddie Bickers and Max Adcock both showed their potential and their effective link play and determination in the tackle gave the team fluidity and forward momentum. We ran out 60-0 winners in a very convincing performance over our local rivals. Unfortunately our season ended with two defeats; one at the hands of an unbeaten Cheltenham side and the other to a one dimensional, but bruisingly effective Radley XV. Lessons must be learnt from these losses and it was evident that our defensive organisation was thrown into jeopardy by periods of poor tackling. Frustratingly, the cold snap then kicked in, and the last two games against Oratory and Abingdon were lost to the weather. This was a real shame as the players were continuing to improve, often training in Arctic conditions. As I write this report, I feel an eagerness to be back out on Pigs pitches coaching this team. They are an endearing group to work with and possess many of the traits they will need to turn around previous defeats – talent, character and camaraderie are three which stand out. This team must challenge themselves and each other to build on the foundations which have been laid and always remember… a knock is different to an injury!

Yearlings B A mixed season for this team; there is much potential and with maturity they should fulfil it individually and collectively during their time at SES. The fine example set by Magnus Spiers and Simon Brookes both in training and in matches earned them their well deserved promotion to the A team where they soon established themselves. These two were not the most gifted ball players but their tenacity and go forward attitude is an example for others to follow. There were good ball players in the team – Felix Samengo-Turner, Charlie Shipperley, Harry Nichol, Will Anthony-Jones and Doug Wolfenden come to mind – and agile runners in Will Everett, Freddie Williams, George Hopkins and Louis Pennington.

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The front row permutations involving George Dobson, Ted Popham, Andrew D’Alton, Dean Parry and Damon Young were always solid in the set but rather lack lustre in the line out and open play, with the exception of Young who has plenty of ability and awareness when focused. Bart Pawley and Matt Carmedy worked hard in the back row and gave some solid displays. Sam Hamilton-Peach has good handling skills but has to work harder in loose play to be more effective. James Avery suffered from a back problem; Jack Gordon-Colebrooke suffered from injury and Jake Haslett-Elliott from illness but played when available. Seb Volak and Billy Slater were promoted from the C team and I am sure with the attitude they displayed they will be regulars next season. The weakest aspect of the team’s game, as with many sides, was their tackling, often too high or lacking conviction and aggression to be effective and this was their biggest downfall in the games they lost. The tackling has to improve as the boys move up the school. The team played well in patches in most games and when they met opposition of a similar size they did more than hold their own. These boys will grow, mature and I wish them well next season.

Yearlings C The Yearlings Cs had an excellent season, the highlight of which was the comprehensive demolition of Radley College, the only school team to chalk up a win in this fixture. The team was a talented and positive group of boys who were attentive in training and produced some excellent rugby. As ever, there were some losses to the Yearlings A and B as well as injuries to the Cs so we lost players such as Simon Brooks and Chomley Elvidge for much of the season. There were impressive team performances against Pangbourne and MCS. Against Marlborough we were level 5-5 at half time when a combination of injuries to players in the As, Bs and Cs meant we started the second half with four changes. Within five minutes we had conceded three tries. Thereafter we held them. Regular players included Callum Hunt, Oscar van Hannover, Tom Hayes, Mikhail Yakolev, James Bunce, Luke de Ferran, Hugo Marsh, Oli Cobbold, Jonny Evans, Michael Tsang, George English, Charlie HayesNewington and Sam Kennedy. There are many talented rugby players here and I would not be surprised if many of them play up in the years to come.

Yearlings D The Yearlings D had a difficult season, mainly because of a significant amount of illness and injuries through the year. There were 5 fixtures and, unfortunately, the last two were cancelled due to the bad weather. They won 1, lost 4. The notable games were a sterling performance against Cheltenham, when the team came back from over twenty points down to almost win, and a great victory over Wellington. This is the first team to beat Wellington in a number of years. Alex Brewster scored a number of good tries, using his strength to get over the line. Sammy Virji, James Bunce and James Holdsworth were always competitive in the forwards. Alex Shaper was tenacious in the backs. Others who played for the team were Tom Boutwood, Gaurav Vaswani, Will Conroy, David Panisello-Manterola, Guy McQueen, Jamie Smith, Otto De Bellaigue, Horatio Holloway, Dan Moore, Max Stern and Oscar Powell.


Hockey 1st XI Girls Hockey Pre season began well with a comfortable 5-1 win against Stowe. With a good blend of experienced U6 players like Captain Jessie Stevenson, Leonora Skull, Maxine Mackintosh and Sophie Slemeck and many of the U16’s from last season now established in the 1st XI there were high hopes for another positive year. Things began well with a thrilling 5-4 win against Wellington. With Freya Swan, Freya Berkin and fourth formers Helen Baddeley and Lucy Poffley making their debuts the side went into the break 2-1 up. They extended this to 4-1 just minutes into the 2nd half, yet had to withstand a strong Wellington fightback in order secure a fine win. However, Teddies were quickly brought back down to earth the following week when they were soundly beaten 5-0 away at Cheltenham. After conceding an early goal, Teddies never really recovered and received a lesson in clinical finishing. The next day, St John’s College from Argentina provided the perfect opportunity to get ‘back on track’. In a game of contrasting styles Teddies dominated for long periods and ran out deserved 2-0 winners with goals from Bubble Baddeley and Katie Withers Green. With U15 Lucy Poffley and Player of The Season Jessie Stevenson outstanding, the 1st XI next beat Cheltenham Ladies 3-1 at home. In a high quality game, Teddies had Emma Cadoux-Hudson to thank for some superb saves but still found themselves a goal down. However, they were soon level when Bubble Baddeley scored following a good passing move. The girls began the second half well and took a deserved lead when a fantastic pass from Stevenson allowed Maxine Mackintosh to score. The win was ultimately sealed when the seasons Most Improved Player Poffley calmly executed a slick penalty corner move. A disappointing 3-2 loss at home to Marlborough followed. The side started poorly and conceded a soft goal before Polly Mainds brought the teams level. No sooner had she done so than another defensive error allowed the visitors to restore the lead. In a really positive start to the second half, some good interplay down right side between Withers Green and Stevenson resulted in Mainds scoring her second of the game. However, mid way through the half a cheap turnover and rare goal-keeping error gifted the visitors what turned out to be the decisive goal.

Hard hit by injuries the 1st XI played with huge spirit to lose 4-3 at Canford. After the long journey, the girls got off to the worst possible start and were 2-0 down inside two minutes. Though Stevenson pulled a goal back, immediately Teddies conceded another as the home side restored their two goal cushion. However, the girls did not lose heart, Freya Berkin made it 3-2 and then Leonora Skull levelled things at 3-3, only for Canford to make it 4-3 on the stroke of halftime. The second half also started badly. Mainds was struck on the head from close range and suffered a nasty head injury. Fortunately Teddies’ own neurosurgeon Mr Cadoux-Hudson was on hand but this did not help entirely as the side were forced to play the remaining thirty minutes with ten players. Although the girls displayed amazing courage and huge hearts they could not quite manufacture the elusive goal that would have given them the draw their efforts deserved. At the County Tournament Teddies were determined to retain their title. They began well with a resounding 4-1 win over a Bartholomew side that contained some very fast, skilful forwards. Top Goalscorer Lilly Davies scored early on, only for Bartholomew to level a minute later. From then on Teddies took control as Berkin, Davies and Freya Swan all scored to secure the win. Teddies then beat Henley College 5-0 with five different players getting on the score sheet: Davies, Stevenson, Berkin, Slemeck and Withers Green. Next the side played Oxford High in a key game. With Bubble Baddeley and Withers Green dominating the midfield, Teddies raced into a 2-0 lead. Fittingly it was the same two players who scored the goals. Though Oxford High fought hard and scored to make it 2-1, Teddies remained calm for a relatively comfortable win. In their final group game Teddies played a strong Bloxham side and in a pretty physical encounter dominated both possession and territory to win 2-0. Poffley finishing off a superbly executed penalty corner and Davies following up with a rebound goal. Four wins saw Teddies top the pool which meant a semi final against Tudor Hall. Now with the bit firmly between their teeth the 1st XI raced into a 4-0 lead with two goals from Davies and one each from Slemeck and Berkin. Tudor did manage a reply but Teddies were determined to

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The Stowe fixture began well with Stevenson scoring from a penalty corner and Slemeck adding a second

have the last say, Mackintosh scoring just before the final whistle to make it 5-1. The final was a rematch of the last group game against Bloxham and in another physical encounter Teddies once again dominated. Bloxham defended stubbornly and Teddies struggled to find a way through and as the frustration grew the 1st XI lost a little discipline as the game became a little fraught. First, Bloxham were reduced to ten following a yellow card, then with just a couple of minutes remaining Swan proved the hero. A neat turn and powerful shot into the bottom corner was enough to seal the win. Though she herself was sent off in the final minute, it had little impact as Teddies sealed their 4th successive County Title. It had been a hugely impressive tournament with the side scoring nineteen goals and conceding just three in its six matches. In a good performance at Rugby the side ran out 4-1 winners with goals from Slemeck, Bubble Baddeley, Withers Green and vice captain Leonora Skull. In their next two matches the 1st XI came up against two top quality sides. Against Dean Close Teddies started poorly and quickly went 1-0 down. However, Stevenson levelled the scores with a well struck penalty corner and repeated the feat a few minutes later to give Teddies the lead. It was then that things began to unravel as poor communication and soft defending allowed the visitors to score four unanswered goals in fifteen minutes. Whilst the second period began well, Teddies could not capitalise on any of their opportunities and as they tired Dean Close added three more goals to run out comfortable winners. In their next home game Teddies came up against a superbly skilful, fit and athletic Oakham side containing a large number of future cup players. Despite Poffley, Berkin & Harriet Lunnon having excellent matches in defence and Stevenson being outstanding again in midfield the visitors were just too good and ran out deserved 3-0 winners. The Stowe fixture began well with Stevenson scoring from a penalty corner and Slemeck

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adding a second following a good passing move to lead 2-0 at half time. The second half continued in the same vein as first Withers Green, and then Poffley extended the lead. With Teddies dominating Withers Green claimed her second and though Stowe pulled a goal back the 1st XI ensured they had the final say when Mackintosh added another to make the final score 6-1. Headington were comfortably beaten 7-0 in mid week and in the last school match prior to the divisional tournament the 1st XI made a really sluggish start away at Bradfield. Playing really poorly for the first thirty minutes the girls found themselves two goals down but fought back impressively to go into half time level at 2-2. After regrouping during the break, Teddies dominated the second half to run out 5-2 winners. The goals coming from Withers Green (x2) and one apiece from Slemeck, Davies & Berkin. In the Divisional round the girls began brightly against a quality St George’s outfit. They put the opposition under pressure from the off, but despite two penalty corners and a couple of good chances could not open their account and it was St George’s who opened the scoring with their first attack. Teddies squandered another good opportunity shortly afterwards and were immediately punished as St George’s claimed their second and added a third in the final minute for a frustrating loss. Against Hampshire CS Teddies found themselves a goal down inside the first minute thanks to some poor defending but bounced back, Withers Green levelling the scores. It was Polly Mainds who sealed the win late on, tipping in a Bubble Baddeley shot after a fine passing move. A good 4-0 win against Godolphin and Latymer followed with goals from Slemeck, Helen Baddeley, Stevenson and Withers Green. This was followed by a hard fought 2-0 win over Beaconsfield High. A fantastic passing move involving Bubble Baddeley and Davies left Swan with an easy finish for the first and it was Swan who turned provider for


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the second when Slemeck followed up her initial shot to cement the win. Next the girls player Richard Collyer College who were a very good side. In a closely contested game it was Mainds who sealed victory with a solo effort in the final minute, using her pace to outrun the defence and slide the ball past the oncoming keeper. The girls went into the final game against Wellington knowing that a draw would probably be enough to secure a semi final spot. Although Teddies began well and dominated the early exchanges they were caught on the counter after five minutes. The 1st XI pushed hard for the equaliser but could not convert any of their penalty corners or find a way through Wellington’s defences despite having the majority of territory and possession. Somewhat inevitably, as Teddies threw an extra player forward in search of the equaliser, they got caught again to leave the final score 0-2. It was a hugely frustrating end to a tournament in which the girls had played really well. Disappointingly, this proved to be the final act of the season as the remaining fixtures against Oundle and Pangbourne were cancelled due to the arctic conditions that gripped the country. However, it has been another successful and hugely enjoyable season. This year’s 1st XI always played with tremendous spirit and were brilliantly led by Captain Jessie Stevenson and her vice captain Leonora Skull. Both have played in the 1st XI since the fourth form and have represented the 1st XI over ninety times (Jess 93 & Leonora 91), which is an incredible achievement. Their attitude, experience and quality will be sorely missed. Though we lose four senior players this season the bulk of the side will remain and it is hoped that they can surpass the successes of this season. Emma Cadoux-Hudson (D), Harriet Lunnon (D), Freya Berkin (D), Lucy Poffley (D), Katie Withers Green (D), Jessie Stevenson © (D), Leonora Skull (vc) (J), Lilly Davies (M) Sophie Slemeck (M), Freya Swan (K), Maxine Macintosh (D), Polly Mainds (M), Bubble Baddeley (K), Helen Baddeley (K).

2nd XI The 2nd XI grew in confidence and goals throughout the season. They supported each other, played with high spirits, worked hard to develop their skills and tactics in training and applied them during match situations. There were many occasions when this paid off; short corners were converted and some excellent goals were scored as a result of the girls moving the ball quickly through midfield, crossing the ball well and converting clinically. The goals were shared between Belle Burt, Goose Charlton, Rachel Smith, Abby Wynn and Sophie Theakston with two goals apiece. This is a reflection of the hard work that the whole team put into their match performances as they scored many ‘team’ goals. There were also the losses, but the girls were a credit to the school during these games; they never let their heads drop and always played with determination until the final whistle. During the season Sophie Theakston was an outstanding captain and truly led by example. Her work rate and tenacity on and off the ball inspired others; she was a constant threat to the opposition and was never intimidated by them. She was always available for the pass, drove forward when the opportunity arose and tackled back if possession was lost. Her efforts were recognised by her team mates and Sophie fully deserved the player of the season award. The defence had to work hard during every game; Claudia

Day was a fantastic organiser and played her role of sweeper very well as she often had a lot to do! Alongside her Laura Clifford and Ana Robinson made some excellent tackles and their positional play and marking was very good. Emily Fletcher and Katie Austin played very well in the centre of defence and midfield, winning several player of the match awards as a result of their skills, determination, hard work and unwillingness to let the opposition score. Many thanks must go to Vanessa Waibel and Danielle Rowe, the two Under 16 goalkeepers who often played two matches in a row. They were fully committed and made many outstanding saves for the 2nd XI, they certainly did not look out of place in the senior goal. It was a pleasure to coach this team; their attitude and efforts were excellent, they always had fun and enjoyed playing hockey. The squad: Vanessa Waibel, Katie Austin, Laura Clifford, Claudia Day, Rose Barry, Ana Robinson, Sophie Theakston, Emily Fletcher, Abby Wynn, Rachel Smith, Goose Charlton and Belle Burt.

U16 A After an unfortunate season in their previous year, the U16A girls’ hockey team were keen to make amends and they made the perfect start by beating a good Wellington side 1-0 in their very first game. After snatching an early lead they defended well throughout to seal what the girls described ‘as their only win ever’. Buoyed by this and with renewed confidence they entered the next two games finally believing they could win. The first of these two was against an extremely strong Cheltenham side and although SES produced a sterling performance, they went down 2-0. On reflection this was another good result and so spirits were still high when taking to the field against Cranford House, a factor that was evident in their play as they produced some of their best hockey to come away with a 7-0 victory. Although the girls had made a promising start, three fixtures followed against larger, hockey-renowned schools and each one ended in defeat. Credit then must go to the girls for showing a spirit in the next game that epitomised their season. Picking themselves up from the previous results they went away to Headington to play the all important derby, in which they applied immense battling spirit to record a well-deserved 1-0 victory. Fixtures then followed, one of which was a fantastic 3-0 victory against the notorious Dean Close to record their fourth victory of the season. The girls put in their best performance to date with a display of fantastic passing hockey, which could easily have produced more goals. The County tournament was up next. With the squad strengthened by the U15’s, the team played incredibly well to finish in a remarkable second place, therefore qualifying for the regional round and being named as the second best side in the County. The remainder of the season was a difficult one, mainly due to the weather conditions, cancellation of games and the stopstart training schedule, but overall the girls can look back on the term and be extremely proud. The whole squad played their part and greatly impressed with their attitude, professionalism, ability and will to keep going. Congratulations to all for a successful and enjoyable season.

The whole squad played their part and greatly impressed with their attitude, professionalism, ability and will to keep going. Congratulations to all for a successful and enjoyable season.

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U15 A It has been an encouraging and exciting season for this season’s girls’ under 15 team. After a very successful under 14 season in 2009 the squad had to come to terms with losing two crucial players to the 1st XI. However, from the outset the squad quickly began to gel and get used to playing in unfamiliar positions in a new tactical system. Saskia Wheeler played in goal this year and proved to be an effective shot stopper, pulling off some fantastic reaction saves. Saskia improved as the season progressed becoming more confident and in the final matches began to command the defensive circle. Alice Eckett, Phoebe Burch, Emma Marriott, Emily Sandom, and Flossie Pugh made up the defensive unit. Their concentration and determination made it very difficult for opposing teams to find space around the circle and they forced errors and turnovers on a regular basis. Alice Eckett was one of the outstanding performers this year; Alice played in four different positions during the season and was always able to adapt her game. She made countless crucial tackles and also provided an attacking threat from right half. Emma and Emily played as full backs; both were effective block tacklers and provided a physical edge to the defence. Emily improved throughout the season and in the later stages of the season became a key distributor, especially from 16 yard hits. Phoebe Burch had a great season at left half and was a standout player week in, week out. Her pace and relentless work rate meant she was extremely hard to eliminate; she rushed opposition forwards into making errors and forced turnovers. Flossie was one of the most improved players this year and was instrumental in many of the side’s best performances. She won countless fifty-fifty challenges to secure possession for her team and also showed the ability to distribute accurately over long distances both with push passes and slap hits. Nancy Purle and Ella Johnson-Watts shared the captaincy of the side and both led by example. Nancy played in the heart of the midfield; she never stopped running and provided a crucial link between the back four and front six. Nancy showed the ability to really dominate the midfield area, making it very difficult for opposition teams to settle. Ella played in the centre of midfield and in wider positions; her pace and athleticism were crucial in defence and she won turnovers in key areas of the pitch. She also carried the ball strongly and provided a potent attacking threat from midfield. I would like

to thank Ella and Nancy for their efforts both on and off the field and congratulate them on a fine season. Claira Miesagaes, Honour Wainwright and Matty Littlehales made up the sides attacking midfield. All three were positive going forward and their athleticism meant the team was very effective counterattacking from turnover ball. Claira also provided a real threat striking penalty corners. Charlie Faulkner and Matty played as our high strikers for the majority of the season and provided real cutting edge; Charlie showed good receiving skills and was able to eliminate players on a regular basis. The season started with a tough match versus Wellington with the girls eventually losing after a spirited first half display. After a slightly disappointing result in week one the girls fought hard against a very talented Cheltenham side and deserved something out of the game. After the disappointment of two losses the girls put in an impressive team performance to win 8-0 against Cranford House. The girls then travelled to Cheltenham Ladies to play another very strong side with some excellent individuals. The girls played some fantastic hockey in the first 20 minutes and were only denied the first goal by some excellent goalkeeping. Unfortunately tiredness set in late in the second period allowing Cheltenham Ladies’ key players to dominate and SES eventually conceded a late barrage of goals. After leave weekend the girls faced more tough fixtures versus Canford and Rugby and again after valiant performances SES were unable to convert their goal-scoring chances. After another disappointing performance against Dean Close the girls recorded their best result of the season away at Oakham. In a very physical encounter SES dominated the game and applied constant pressure around the home side’s D only to be denied by excellent goalkeeping and the woodwork. Then Saskia Wheeler saved the draw by making a fantastic save in the last 5 seconds as Oakham broke out of their defending half for a last gasp counter attack. The girls then travelled to play Stowe where they played exceptionally well in the first half leading 1-0 at the interval only to see the lead slip away late in the game. Although disappointed to lose against Stowe confidence was clearly improving and another quality performance followed against Bradfield; a tight match eventually ended up 2-2 with SES disappointed not to come away with a win after being in the ascendancy for most of the match. Unfortunately the final fixtures were cancelled due to the snowy conditions and the girls weren’t able to build on these encouraging performances. I would like to thank all the girls for their effort and commitment this season. They have approached training and fixtures with enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. I wish all of the squad luck in the future and I am hoping to see many of them representing the senior girls’ hockey sides next season.

U15 B The season was one of intermittent highs and lows, with notable wins against Stowe, Cheltenham Ladies and Bradfield. Due to inclement weather, several fixtures were cancelled. The year group as a whole were a good standard and displayed a positive and enthusiastic attitude to training and fixtures. They never lost sight of the reasons we play sport: to work hard for themselves and one another, as well as having fun. Several players were ‘called up’ to the A team, where they performed admirably. The girls should be commended on their commitment to the team. If they keep working hard, many will be challenging for senior places in the 1st XI and 2nd XI in years to come. 120  |  St Edward’s Chronicle 2010/11


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This was a difficult season for the U15C, who had some disappointing losses against some very good teams. This however did not dampen their spirits or motivation to keep playing and improving their game. The season started with a very difficult game against a strong Wellington side. The attack fought very hard to break the Wellington defensive line but lacked formation, though due credit must be given as it was their first match after only one training session together. Next we travelled to Marlborough and put on a determined performance which the final score does not reflect. Marlborough was our most difficult opponent of the season and the girls never gave up throughout the whole game. After a difficult two games they focused their training on perfecting the basics skills and working on their formations and set plays. This training then paid off when they visited Canford and put on a cracking performance. Megan Brittan was spectacular in midfield with her hitting ability which enabled our first goal of the season to be scored by Molly Langman who pushed through and beat the strong Canford defence. However, player of the match was Tallulah Kyle who through grit and determination saved some magnificent goals. The girls quite rightly were extremely pleased with their performance and went into the next game with confidence. However, Rugby were well organised and winning at half time. The U15C defence were working overtime with Sarah Fletcher organising her defence and fighting hard. After half time the girls returned with a beautiful goal from Vicki Boyle but unfortunately it was not enough to beat Rugby. After a well deserved rest the U15C returned after exeat with a game against Oakham. It was 0-0 at half time with some incredible saves from Imaan Hamdan. Mathilde Wood was brought up from defence to midfield where she flourished and made up an impressive midfield with Megan Brittan and Captain Olivia Deslandes. They worked very hard to support Josie Owen and Clemmie Hanbury up front who attempted some great goals but unfortunately they did not get the result they deserved. As the season came to an early close due to the snowy weather the girls should look back upon their season with pride. Their skills and performance greatly improved and they were starting to play some first class hockey. Special mention must go to Captain Olivia Deslandes for her hard work and support on the pitch and Megan Brittan who has been awarded ‘player of the season’ for improved skill and 100% effort during training and games.

The U14B XI hockey team had a successful season, with some great individual performances. Winning against Cranford House, drawing against Rugby and Cheltenham and losing a few very tight and closely fought out matches. Anya Goncharenko won player of the season, recognised by her team mates for her fantastic all-round attitude on and off the pitch; her defensive play was at times incredible and she is someone we should look out for in the future! Tacita McCoy-Parkhill won the most improved player of season in recognition of her much improved goal-keeping skills and her ability in keeping us in so many games. Tacita’s skills developed very well over the season, and the particular highlight was in one of the last matches against Dean Close where she saved an incredible number of goals, and although we lost that game 4-2, it could have been a score of a much larger deficit. Susanna Flory and Octavia Akoulitchev should also be mentioned for some of their very clever, wellorchestrated short corners, where we scored a lot of our goals. Well done, girls! You have been an absolute joy to coach.

U14 A This was a tough season for the U14A team as the girls came up against some very good opposition. However, the girls persevered well and had a good victory against Cranford House, as well as a creditable draw against Headington. Top goal scorer was Fleur Green, including two excellent individual goals against Marlborough. Ellie Lloyd worked hard in central midfield and Alex Hauger was tenacious in defence. The player of the season, with many outstanding saves, was goalkeeper Sasha Jennings. The season was unfortunately curtailed by the snow and sub zero temperatures, with matches against Oundle and Pangbourne having to be cancelled.

U14 C Despite appearances the U14C’s had a fantastic season. The results do not do the girls justice. Many of the girls had no hockey experience at all and considering this they really excelled themselves. The improvement in their play by the end of term was truly remarkable and I have been incredibly proud of them. In terms of matches, the highlight of the season has to be the match against Cheltenham College which finished as a 1-1 draw, the equalizer being was scored by Prunelle Ayache in the very last moment. Another highlight would have to be the end of term match against the U15C’s which the girls won 3-0: a fantastic achievement for them and not least a little embarrassing for the U15C’s! It just goes to show how far a good attitude can take you. Despite some damaging losses the girls always held their heads high and never gave up. Their attitude in both matches and training was fantastic and they were a pleasure to coach. Special mention must go to the Captain Meg Neville, our star goal-keeper without whom our season would have been very different. She made some fantastic saves and was always enthusiastic in the face of adversity. ‘Most improved player’ has to go to Bella Weston who improved beyond all recognition and will no doubt continue to do so into next season. Both Prunelle Ayache and Miriam Kremer, neither of whom had ever played hockey before, should also be very proud of their achievements this season. However, the entire team deserve special mention for their commitment and their team work. All of the girls should be very proud of their achievements in their first hockey season at St Edwards. Bring on next season!

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Boys’ Hockey 1st XI Once again it has been another successful year for the 1st XI, finishing 3rd in the ISHL behind Radley and Bradfield whilst losing only three matches. This year’s side were also plate runners-up in the prestigious St George’s 6’s. The 1st XI had a decent start to the season in a pre-season game against Rugby. Though a little rusty in defence, they always looked threatening in attack with Rupert Shipperley and Charlie Blanchard looking particularly impressive. After a number of early penalty corners, it was Blanchard who opened the 1st XI account with a high drag flick. The second period began well with Teddies on the offensive and steadily improving in all departments. Once again the boys created a number of penalty corners and open play chances but it was not until near the end of the period that they extended their lead. A fine defencesplitting pass from 5th former Archie Blanchard found another 5th former Paddy Nagle on the baseline. He calmly picked out Rupert Shipperley who made no mistake from close range. Rugby came out fighting at the start of the 3rd period and put Teddies under pressure. However, the 1st XI rode out this period and then ran away with the match, Shipperley making it 3-0 from the penalty spot. His hat trick followed shortly afterwards when he beat four defenders and the goal keeper to roll the ball into the bottom corner. The final goal came in overtime after Teddies were awarded a penalty corner on the final whistle; Reuben Mynheer pounced on the rebound to make the final score 5-0. In their first genuine school fixture away at Cheltenham it was the home side that started more brightly having been on a pre season trip to Barcelona. But Teddies soon got into their stride and it was colt Ruairi Willis on debut who broke the deadlock, deflecting a Shipperley pass spectacularly into the roof of the net.

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Though chances came and went for both sides and Teddies had to ride out a Chris Asembo sin bin, it was Paddy Maynard who doubled the lead just a minute before half time following a neat pass from Ed Jamie. The second half began well with the 1st XI extending their lead inside the first minute. A superb length-of-the-field passing move saw Reuben Mynheer find Maynard, who turned provider, sliding the ball to the far post for Jamie to tap home. It was only the post that saved the home side from going further behind following a neat break out and mazy dribble from Captain Rupert Shipperley. Willis claimed his second with a neat turn and shot into the bottom corner to make it 4-0. Much to everyone’s surprise, Asembo received a 2nd yellow card following an alleged off-the-ball altercation. This allowed Cheltenham to make it 4-1 following a defensive lapse and they also claimed a late consolation in overtime following a harsh decision against goal keeper Hugh Coles. This could not detract from what was a good team performance against a strong Cheltenham outfit. At the County Tournament the next day the 1st XI, looking a little jaded, began poorly, drawing 0-0 with eventual winners Bloxham in their opening game. In the next match against Abingdon they picked up the intensity and took the lead through Maynard. However, a defensive lapse allowed Abingdon an equaliser a couple of minutes later and that was how the game ended. They had Coles to thank for a 0-0 draw with a strong Radley side. The fourth match against MCS began in disastrous fashion as the side conceded two early goals. Shipperley reduced the deficit from a penalty corner and with seven minutes remaining Teddies changed formation and threw on an extra forward. This immediately led to a goal as Maynard fed Jamie to make it 2-2. In the last minute Shipperley converted another penalty corner to give Teddies the win and a chance of reaching the Divisional Round. Though the boys were ‘out on their feet’, they began well against Shiplake but a quick counter resulted in the 1st XI finding themselves 1-0 down, but they fought back and a fine passing move left Jamie one-on-one with the keeper and he made no mistake. Though the side created a number of further opportunities, ultimately they could not get the all important 2nd goal. The drawn result meant that Teddies missed out on second place and a Divisional Round berth on goal difference. The Abingdon match proved to be an interesting fixture. It began well when Charlie Blanchard fired a drag flick into the bottom corner to give Teddies an early lead. Abingdon came straight back, scoring with their own penalty corner following the temporary suspension of vice captain Harry Adcock. Adcock returned after his five minute rest, only to be harshly sin binned again following a back stick offence. Though both keepers were called into action at times, the score remained 1-1 at the break. The second half continued in much the same fashion as Shipperley was suspended for an innocuous tackle. Having just returned to eleven, Swann was then suspended, but once again the ten men held out. Mid way through the half a fantastic run by Shipperley found Charlie Blanchard who fired a pin point cross to Maynard. Though the initial shot was well saved, Willis pounced to give Teddies the lead. Once again, Abingdon came straight back and were awarded a penalty stroke for a foot on the goal line following a fine save from


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Coles. Fortunately for Teddies the resulting flick hit the post. In a tense last ten minutes, first Abingdon were reduced to ten and then Swan was suspended for the second time. During this period a Shipperley pass found Jamie in the D where he neatly deflected the ball home to make it 3-1. Though Maynard was also suspended in the final minute Teddies held on for the win. Although it had not been the finest advert for hockey or discipline, the side showed fantastic spirit and determination to come through this test. Away at Bradfield the 1st XI put in a lacklustre performance. In a slow game Teddies started more brightly and wasted a number of gilt-edged chances in the first fifteen minutes. Bradfield always looked dangerous on the counter and mid way through the half some soft defending saw the home side take the lead. Just before half time they doubled their lead when another defensive error gifted Bradfield their 2nd. The second half resulted in a slightly improved performance and when Charlie Blanchard reduced the deficit from a penalty corner there seemed to be a glimmer of hope. However, the 1st XI were still not playing their usual passing game and try as they might, they couldn’t find a way through an organised Bradfield defence. The result: a frustrating and disappointing loss. The big local derby against Radley was an end to end affair that could so easily have gone either way. In a game full, of thrills, spills and incident both sides played open attacking hockey. It was a typical Radley encounter, with no quarter asked or given by either side. It was a game played at a high intensity and with huge passion but also admirable sportsmanship. It truth the game could easily have ended 6-6 if it had not been for the outstanding goalkeeping at both ends. Hugh Coles was quite brilliant, making a number of crucial saves, whilst Shipperley proved his worth at the other end of the field, firing in two unstoppable reverse stick shots from penalty corners to ensure the game ended 2-2, honours even.

Against MCS the 1st XI again began poorly, as a defensive error gave the visitors the lead in the first minute. After the shaky start, Teddies began transferring the ball far better and looked more solid at the back. Yet despite five penalty corners they still found themselves a goal down. They finally broke through just before half time when Adcock calmly initiated a passing move that ended with Willis being denied by a foot on the line. Shipperley made no mistake with the penalty stroke to send the sides in to half time level. Teddies began the second period brightly and didn’t have to wait long until the outstanding Archie Blanchard weaved his way through and tucked the ball under the oncoming keeper. MCS remained a threat but despite a succession of penalty corners, Coles and his defence stood firm and with five minutes remaining Mynheer sealed the 3-1 win, pouncing on a rebound following a Charlie Blanchard drag flick. It had been a high quality contest where the 1st XI produced their best performance of the season so far. Without a fixture immediately prior to half term, the side played a pick-up game against Oxford University 3rd XI prior to their Varsity match. In a hotly contested game the students ran out 2-1 winners. The Wellington fixture was a fractious affair. Teddies were extremely untidy in the first half and the home side raced into a deserved 2-0 lead. Within a minute of the 2nd half starting the 1st XI found themselves 3-0 down. However, they displayed fantastic spirit to fight their way back into the game. Charlie Blanchard put away a trade mark drag flick to reduce the deficit before Shipperley fired another penalty corner home to make it 3-2. Then came a period of concerted pressure from the home side but they found Coles in fine form. Having ‘ridden the storm out’ Teddies began to take control and dominated the last ten minutes. Charlie Blanchard brought the teams level with another powerful flick and in the end they were disappointed not to have won the game. St Edward’s Chronicle 2010/11  |  123


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Against Bloxham, the 1st XI produced a performance of real substance to beat the county champions 3-0 in what was a tight and physical game. Though both teams played attacking hockey neither could find a way through the others defence and the first half ended with honours even. Just five minutes into the 2nd half Maynard broke the deadlock when he slapped the ball home following a penalty corner break down. From then on Teddies dominated and the result was never in real doubt. Charlie Blanchard extended the lead mid way through the half with a fine finish following a neat passing move. It was at that point that tempers began to fray as first Teddies were reduced to ten men. However, during this period Top Goalscorer Rupert Shipperley extended the lead further with a fierce reverse strike following a swift counter attack. Although Bloxham were themselves twice reduced to ten men in the final minutes the 1st XI were unable to capitalise and the game finished 3-0. The St George’s 6’s began with a 4-0 win over Ardingly. Next a sloppy performance against Trinity followed which resulted in a 1-0 loss. Another average performance saw a 1-1 draw with Sir William Borlase. However, after this Teddies began to produce some good 6’s hockey beating Dulwich College 3-0. They then drew 1-1 with Charterhouse before beating group winners Eltham College 1-0 with a goal from Charlie Instone. This meant they finished runners up in their group and played Lancing College in the plate quarter final. This they won 3-2 to set up a semi final rematch with Charterhouse, a game they won 3-1 with a goal from Mynheer and two from Shipperley. Against Whitgift in the final they were far from outclassed, but were punished for every error and were left to rue some missed opportunities losing 3-0. Yet a top six finish amongst the best schools in the country was no mean feat. The next day the side took on Eton. In what proved to be a bridge too far, Teddies produced their poorest half of the season and were fortunate to find themselves only 1-0 down at the break. Though they upped the tempo and intensity in the second half and Eton rarely threatened the Teddies goal, the 1st XI could not find a way through the home side’s defence. The game ended in a frustrating loss and with it went any chance of retaining the Charlie Barker Trophy. Against Marlborough, Teddies raced into an early 2-0 lead when Shipperley opened the scoring after just three minutes, following fine build up play from Archie Blanchard and Willis. It was Willis who doubled the lead a minute later when he latched on to a fine Shipperley through ball. However, the visitors pulled one back from a penalty corner and levelled with just six minutes of the half left following a defensive turnover. Teddies began the second half as they had the first with Shipperley scoring what looked to everyone to be a legitimate goal in the 2nd minute only to have it ruled out. However, Teddies continued to create opportunities and were rewarded when Willis claimed his second, forcing home a rebound, but midway through the half Marlborough were level again. In the last fifteen minutes both sides created opportunities but in the end both defences, led by their goal keepers, held firm and the game ended 3-3. Against a strong Dean Close side (who were National Champions less than two years ago) the 1st XI produced the performance of the season to win 5-1. In a tight first half Coles was called upon to make a couple of smart, early saves but from the moment Charlie Blanchard scored a trade mark drag flick from Teddies first corner the 1st XI never really looked back. He claimed his second with another flick high into the net, Most Improved Player Mynheer making it 3-0 five minutes before half time when he popped in a rebound following a shot from Shipperley. It could have been even worse for the visitors, had it not been for

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a spectacular save from a superb Shipperley reverse shot on the stroke of half time. In the second period, Shipperley was finally rewarded for his efforts when he fired home a penalty corner to extend the lead. It was that man again who made the decisive break and pass for Teddies’ fifth goal. Though Maynard’s powerful strike was well saved by the Dean Close keeper, Jamie was on hand to prod the ball home to make it 5-0 with just two minutes to go. Teddies immediately put themselves under pressure from the restart and having cleared the resulting penalty corner somehow managed to conjure up a comedy own goal for the visitors as the final whistle sounded. However, even this could not detract from a superb result and one of the best performances in recent memory. At home against Stowe, the 1st XI endured a disappointing end to the season. Once again they started poorly as they gifted the visitors a goal inside two minutes. However, Blanchard drew the home side level from a penalty corner ten minutes later. Though Teddies dominated both possession and territory, in truth they looked nothing like their normal fluid selves whilst the visitors defended well and remained a threat on the break, and it was another defensive lapse that gifted Stowe the lead just before half time. Teddies began the second half a bit more positively and were rewarded when a Charlie Blanchard drag flick brought the scores level once again. Though Teddies dominated the remainder of the half they were guilty of spurning some fantastic chances and another eight penalty corners which was to prove costly. Ultimately, the game was decided by a highly contentious decision in the 25th minute when the umpire awarded the visitors a penalty stroke from which they scored. The home side tried with all their might to find a way through but it was to no avail. It was a hugely frustrating way to end the season, whilst the side had still created more than enough opportunities to win the game. In truth, both individually and collectively, it had been a poor performance. H. Adcock (v Capt), A. Blanchard, C. Blanchard, G. Chaffer, H. Coles, C. Instone, E. Jamie, F. Kerr-Dineen, P. Maynard, R. Mynheer, R. Shipperley (Capt), R. Swan, R. Willis. As always a big thank you to the coaches and ground staff who make St Edward's hockey possible. It has been another hugely enjoyable and successful season, with the side producing some exceptional attacking hockey at times - the performance against Dean Close will live long in the memory. Special thanks must go to Player of The Season Rupert Shipperley for his leadership and his contribution to St Edward’s hockey. He finishes having gained over 50 caps for the 1st XI, having played in the side for over three years. My thanks also to vice captain Harry Adcock for his support and enthusiasm. This year we lose eight U6 players whose experience will be sorely missed. As a result next year’s side is likely to be young, but one with much potential.


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2nd XI As a group we can look back upon a season that was always testing, often frustrating, and yet also extremely rewarding when things ‘clicked’ into place. The first two weeks of term saw us develop rapidly in our individual skills, fitness levels and tactical awareness, and lessons were learnt from defeats to strong sides from both Rugby in pre season and Cheltenham in the first week of term. Our reward for this early improvement was a well fought draw against a good Abingdon side (1-1), in which we responded immediately to going a goal down in the second half by scoring on a breakaway (N.Wannathepsakul) and we were unlucky not to convert late pressure into a winner. This was to be the highpoint of the first half of term, with defeats then coming against Bradfield (0-2), Radley (13) and MCS (0-3). In all three games we played effectively for periods, especially against MCS, whom we dominated without converting any of our chances, eventually being hit on the break three times in succession. Determined to get our first win of the year, and refreshed from the half-term break, we entertained Bloxham at home full of optimism. In our most confident and relaxed performance thus far, we came out 3-2 winners with goals from Nick, Alex Burns and Ben Street. Most notable in this game was the work our forwards did in creating turnovers high in Bloxham’s half of the pitch, which was exemplified by Charlie Bowker’s tireless running. Unfortunately, we were not able to carry momentum from this win, as with a team weakened by absences and injury we came undone against a weak Eton side. Conceding four goals in a lacklustre first half was always going to be hard to come back from, although our fighting spirit was on show as we came back to draw the second half 2-2, with both goals and a man of the match performance coming from Ben Taylor. A frustrating match followed against Marlborough, an early goal for them being enough to win 1-0 despite us applying pressure for most of the game. In every game so far we had shown our quality at times, without being able to turn this into results. By the last two weeks of term we were playing relaxed and confident hockey, and we were intent on it paying dividends with two games to go. In the first we welcomed Dean Close, in what was to be our best overall performance of the year against one of the strongest sides we played. In the first half goals came first from Ben Street with a perfectly timed deflection off of a hit into the D from Charlie Harris, and then a cool finish from Alex Burns that left the goalie stranded. Two goals up going into the second half, we knew we had to keep playing aggressively to maintain the pressure, and it looked to be paying off with 15 minutes gone. Unfortunately, a penalty corner goal was conceded, and then, with only 3 minutes left on the clock, another penalty corner goal, to make the final score 2-2. While sad to have lost our lead so late on, it was a great performance, which started with Jack Fairhurst in goal whose acrobatic saves kept us in it at times. We went into the last game of the season against Stowe full of confidence. Unfortunately, we did not have the start we had hoped for, going a goal down after 10 minutes. Our indiscipline hurt us in the first half, but to our credit we came out after half time intent on taking the game by the scruff of the neck, and we did so, with Ben Street scoring a crucial goal to level the game. Our pressure was starting to tell, Ollie Smith just missing the target with a powerful shot off of a short corner variation that left Stowe floundering. With little time remaining Charlie Harries-Jones scored with a fine strike from the top of the D with his first goal of the season to put us in front, a lead which we held on to until the final whistle for a 2-1 win. It was hugely rewarding to end the season on a high point, having put together two great back-to-back performances. Our defensive back line of Freddie Shelton, Ollie Smith, Freddie KerrDineen (who joined the 1st XI in the second half of the season), Toby Knight and Hector Besant played throughout the season with determination and strength, and was the backbone on which our

play was founded. In midfield we were given shape and skilful ball carrying by Charlie Harries-Jones, sheer fitness and competitiveness by Charlie Harris, and serious ‘tekkers’ by Ben Street, not to mention his ‘never say die’ attitude. Credit must go to the forwards Alex Burns, Charlie Bowker, Ben Taylor, and Nick Wannathepsakul for their hard work in pressing the opposition, and stepping up to the plate when we really needed the goals. Jack Fairhurst played out of his skin at times, to keep us in games when the pressure was on. Finally, a great deal of credit must go to Freddie Shelton, our captain, who led both by his example on the pitch, and with maturity and words of wisdom off it. It has been an immensely enjoyable term of hockey, of which I think the boys can be proud. I wish them all the very best for the future, in particular those who are now leaving the school for new challenges.

3rd XI This was an ‘annus horribilis’ for the third XI. The statistics speak for themselves. Played 7, Lost 6, Drawn 1, For 3, Against 29. Behind these statistics is a depressing story. Only 30 boys in the sixth form opted for hockey this term and by the time the 1st and 2nd teams had their pick we were left with 6 regulars. They were joined by two girls, Sophie Slemeck and Freya Berkin and we made up numbers with various players willing to play back-to-back games from the 2nds and Colts sides. Indeed on two occasions the first XI keeper dekitted after his game to make up our numbers. The best I can say is that with one exception we fulfilled our fixtures, they always tried hard and that no side overran us. Indeed in a couple of games we competed well and the score line was not always a true reflection of our efforts. The final game of the season against Stowe saw us play our most competitive fixture and three fine saves by Tom Bell kept us in the game and led to a well earned 1-1 draw. I can now only hope that we have a few more players to choose from next year!

U16 A This was a good season for the U16A team. With Chris Asembo, Archie Blanchard and Ruairi Willis stepping up to the 1st XI, this gave more boys a chance to play for the U16A team and to take a more prominent role. George Burt played very well in goal, making many courageous saves. In defence, John Bethell played with increasing authority and improved considerably – particularly as he started the season as a forward! Henry Penny had a storming season at right defence, making many good tackles and launching a number of attacks down the right wing. Joey Barr was also a very important member of the defensive unit, as he made many crucial tackles and interceptions. James Connolly and Freddie Simon ran their socks off for the team – as effective screens between defence and attack. James also scored the goal of the season against Abingdon, as his unstoppable reverse stick shot flew into the top corner of the goal. Freddie’s aerial balls were another highlight of the season – and they were used to good effect against Radley and Dean Close. Angus Spratling, Ivan Touloumbadjian and Will Morgan played well as a unit (even if they did lack the required work rate at times!) and Niko Rayner’s versatility enabled him to play successfully in defence and attack. Patrick Nagle captained the team and led the line at centre forward along with Alex Hargreaves, who scored an impressive hat trick against Marlborough. The best results of the season included coming from behind to beat Abingdon 3-2, a thrilling 3-3 draw against Marlborough and a comprehensive 6-1 win against Bloxham. After a promising season, a number of this team should be pushing for places in the 1st XI next year. St Edward’s Chronicle 2010/11  |  125


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U16 B

U15 B

After a few well-fought games against some reasonably strong schools the team finally came up against the rural Stowe. After a difficult start, and middle, to the season, Captain Laud was charged with securing an opposition push-back that didn’t indicate the start of a half. Around five minutes into the match and without much prompting from the Coach-Umpire muttering under his breath, the ball was moved forward from our 25 along the right hand side of the pitch, switched back to the middle and switched back out to the right. The effortless path of the ball, carried briefly and then released early to the best-placed man made for a joyous sight, with a seamless finish by Harry Kennedy making for a clean and easy goal. With a final score line of 1-4 we just managed to stave off our collective oppositions from making their half-century. Well done, team!

‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times’. Worst might be a little strong to describe the season’s low points, but, perhaps unwittingly, Dickens captured perfectly the ups and downs of the Junior Colts Bs hockey season. A fantastic opening day saw the side steal a victory from a strong Cheltenham side. Alas, this result, combined with a tough win in the Oxford derby against MCS, were all the team had to show for a turbulent season. Too many times we came away from games disappointed to lose by a single goal. Dean Close, Eton, Abingdon, Bradfield and Stowe all secured victories over us by a very narrow margin. In most cases, our tough rearguard action was eventually solved and we were unable to snatch a draw. The mental toughness that more successful sides often have was sadly lacking, but that is not to fault the effort and determination showed by the majority of the boys. Ably captained by Ed Davis, the team’s success was its play in its own defensive third. As the linchpin at centre back, Davis was ably flanked by the athletic Tom Bowker and the aggressive Alex Carter. Behind these three stoppers was our hockey ball magnet Jonty Barrie, who often played with lunacy and a seemingly total disregard for his own safety. It was these men, with the assistance of the skilful Jacob Colman, who saw a great deal of action throughout the season, usually in or around our own ‘D’. Their fearlessness at short corners and resistance after sometimes relentless pressure was outstanding, and our two victories were based on their excellent performances. Further up the field, Rory Higgs, Paddy Mark, Haider Bhatti and Danny Olashore worked hard to provide transitional play from defence to attack. Higgs in fact got in on the scoring with a magnificent effort against Cheltenham to carry us home. Their diligence in training was matched only by their occasional intra-team bust ups. Nothing can be taken for granted when 4th formers are suddenly armed with sticks! Up front Alfie Nickerson was quite fantastic. He struck the ball faultlessly and scored a number of sensational goals, many of which found their way into the opposition’s net in the blink of an eye. Jacob Smith and Alex Gittos supported him manfully, but it was only towards the end of the season when Ed HarriesJones and Jasper Roberts came to life that the forward line really created the sort of scoring chances that allowed us to compete on a regular basis. John Leighton was the enigma of the team. About as fast as a panda on a hot day, he often appeared to prefer using his hockey stick as a walking stick rather than for its intended purpose, before

U15 A About as fast as a panda on a hot day, he often appeared to prefer using his hockey stick as a walking stick rather than for its intended purpose, before later popping up to score an important goal out of nowhere.

This has been a rather mixed season for the U15 A team purely in terms of results, but it has nevertheless been one in which the team as a whole, and a number of individual players in particular, have shown significant development. This season also saw a number of strange results including a 6-6 draw at Stowe, a 4-4 draw against Marlborough and an 11-0 loss versus Wellington followed by a stunning 5-3 victory against Radley. The team was a mixture of experienced hockey players and good all-round sportsmen. The most significant individual performers of the season included Ed Measey who was certainly our most dangerous attacking player and by far the team’s top goal-scorer. His haul of 10 goals included four against Stowe and a brace against Marlborough. Miles Hammond not only showed great skill and pace on the ball but also had a very powerful strike at goal. Thomas Isola was a superb link player and scored a number of important goals - his footwork at times was outstanding. Harry Kean, Jamie Machin and Feroz Beg all had very consistent and hardworking seasons. Finally, Captain William Cornish was a pillar of strength at the heart of defence all term and was a real leader both on and off the field. The squad should be pleased with their efforts this season and I do not feel that the statistics really represent the talent of the players in the team. With a little more self-belief in their ability the ‘W’ column should be much healthier as they move through the school. I cannot wait to watch this side fully develop into a really strong hockey team in the future.

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later popping up to score an important goal out of nowhere. How he managed it is anybody’s guess but somehow his lack of mobility was made up for by being in the right place at the right time. The season was a very entertaining one and, even if the results didn’t always go our way, the return coach journeys were always fun affairs. Many thanks to Nathan Monk and Jonathan T Lambe for assisting throughout, and I wish the boys every success next year in the Colts.

U15 C This team was blessed with a great deal of talent and it showed in the first game as Freddie Moore-Hobbis took the more difficult of several chances, leaping on it like a gazelle and using the reverse stick to score the winner against Cheltenham. Ed Harris-Jones the somewhat mercurial striker poked his head up three times in crocodile-like fashion to score a hat-trick in the second game of the season against Abingdon, coming back from 2-0 and 3-1 down to draw the game 3-3. Most of the supply lines for our goal scorers came, throughout the season, from our wing play, in particular Milo Browne who used his leopard-like speed to outfox and outpace defenders. Also Channon Ninnoenon and Alex Ramos perused the wings like hungry tigers looking for work. Joe Barrett, Tom Letch and Ibrahim Ait-Tahar reminded me of rhinos working hard as destructive forces in the midfield and defence making it difficult for opposition players to gain ground and sticking their tusks in wantonly. Tom was a particular revelation; despite having never played hockey before, he was able to hit the ball like a cruise missile although sometimes this led to friendly fire and caused damaged to civilians including Oscar Albert and Jack Vincent. Jack and Charles Wright were monkeyish and playful in their pursuit of victory taking the game to the opposition, with Jack scoring a crucial leveller against Bradfield. We were fortunate to have ‘The Big Bear’ Adam Lotter at the back to get us out of trouble when required and he has the ability to be a future first team player which is certainly rare for a C-teamer. He was aided manfully by the fierce tiger-like Ivan Vasylevskyy who showed skill and poise in the middle of defence all season and Jimmy Lam the player of the season for his incredible panda-esque diligence, commitment to the cause and attitude towards training and improving. The only real disappointment during the season was losing to Eton after being 2-0 to the good. This saw erratic goal keeper Cosmo Leigh jumping up and down like a kangaroo with frustration. Fortunately he was often a rock for us during the season and provided plenty of words of encouragement to the rest of the zoo.

U14 A It has been a highly successful season for the under 14 side and all players involved should be proud of their achievements. I thoroughly enjoyed coaching such a motivated and enthusiastic group, whose desire to learn and improve will ensure they continue to be a formidable force as they move through the school. The future of boys hockey and St Edward’s continues to look bright. From the outset it was clear that this year’s playing group was talented, not only technically but also athletically, as highlighted by the quality of the initial trial matches, and I was very confident as we began a tough schedule of fixtures. A very solid and composed defensive unit provided the foundations of the side. Angus Knott was one of the season’s

outstanding performers in goal and was instrumental in the side’s successes at both county and divisional level. Angus proved to be an excellent shot stopper, pulling off fantastic saves at crucial stages. He also communicated very effectively with the back four, giving them the confidence to be aggressive and proactive in defence. The defensive unit was made up by Will Bull and Jack Gordon-Colbroke at half back and Luke De Ferran and Max Adcock at full backs. Will Bull was definitely a candidate for most improved player and proved to be a vital member of the side both defensively and offensively; his pace and determination always meant he stood out. Will was also a key element in our penalty corner routine both in attack and defence. Jack was an incredibly consistent performer this year, his basics skills are very good and he is probably the best one v. one defender in the squad. His ability to turn over the ball and distribute effectively provided countless opportunities for counter attack. Luke was another stand out individual: his relentless work rate made it extremely difficult for opposing forwards to find space and as the season progressed he became a proficient block tackler. Luke’s ability to distribute particularly from 16 yard hits was excellent and became a potent weapon as the year progressed. Max is equally comfortable in both defence and midfield and his composure on the ball was crucial when transferring the ball. He is another accomplished tackler and created turnovers on a regular basis. George Henry also impressed at half back in the later stages of the season allowing Will Bull to move into a wide midfield role, a combination that was particularly impressive in the win against Dean Close. Calvin Dickinson and Captain Tom Lotter played in the heart of the midfield aided by Charlie Shipperley at support striker. Calvin proved to be a very talented player both in attack and defence; his ability to turn over the ball and distribute forward led to many of the side’s shooting opportunities and he also provided a real threat from penalty corners. Tom was a fantastic skipper and always led by example. His work rate was second to none and he had the ability to dominate the midfield area, not allowing our opposition to settle or get a foothold in the game. Charlie Shipperley played in almost every position in the front five and was instrumental in many of our positive phases of play. Charlie has great elimination skills and also provided a goal scoring threat when given space in the D. Simon Brookes was promoted into the side for the County tournament and performed well in midfield; his determined and aggressive approach helped to set the tone for players around him. Emmanuel Ezekiel had a very impressive season and is another player to watch in the future. He caused opposing defences problems in all our fixtures with his pace and stick skills; he also proved to be an excellent finisher, scoring crucial goals in the regular season and in both county and divisional tournaments. Sam Gillingham joined the school mid way through the term and soon became a key player. His ability to carry the ball at pace facilitated counter attack opportunities and added another dimension to our offensive options. George English and Ed Kinman played as strikers and provided height in attack. George’s movement was excellent providing space and passing lanes for the midfielders and support striker. He was the side’s most potent goal scorer and was a constant threat when in possession in the D. Ed was another player who improved as we moved through the season. Ed has great hands and has the ability to receive the ball under pressure and bring other players into the game. The season started with a fantastic win against a talented Cheltenham College side. George Henry scored the only goal in an extremely tight encounter. Calvin Dickinson and Tom Lotter St Edward’s Chronicle 2010/11  |  127


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Tom was a fantastic skipper and always led by example. His work rate was second to none and he had the ability to dominate the midfield area, not allowing our opposition to settle or get a foot hold in the game.

dominated the central area of the pitch starving Cheltenham of attacking opportunities. This early win gave the boys confidence for the County tournament at Radley. A dominant performance versus the hosts in game one ended in a slightly disappointing 1-1 draw after failing to convert some clear chances late in the match. A more clinical display ended in a 2-0 victory against Bloxham and meant SES topped the pool, drawing MCS in the semi final. MCS started well, keeping possession and limiting our attacking opportunities. The game looked destined for a draw until in the final minutes a long ball out of defence found Emmanuel Ezekiel in space; he sped away from the covering defence and expertly rounded the goalkeeper to put St Edward’s in the final. SES faced the favourites Abingdon in the final. The game was very even in terms of possession and opportunities to score. SES took control late in the second half and piled on the pressure, but the opposition goalkeeper made some fantastic saves to keep the scores level. In the dying moments SES were denied by the crossbar from a penalty corner strike sending the game to penalty strokes. The stroke competition went to sudden death and unfortunately Abingdon eventually won 4-3, but by reaching the final SES had earned a place in the divisional round of the competition later in the term. Unfortunately two losses versus Abingdon and Bradfield followed the highs of the county round and the squad were desperate to get back to winning ways. A poor first half performance against Radley saw SES 0-2 down at half time; however, after the interval SES took total control with George English scoring two fantastic counter attack goals with Calvin Dickinson providing both assists. Unfortunately the winning goal eluded SES and the game finished 2-2. A 1-1 draw versus MCS was followed by a disappointing loss to Wellington, but the boys then bounced back to convincingly beat Bloxham and fight out a tough 1-1 draw versus Eton. On the 8th of March the side went to the divisional round of the National Schools competition held in London. SES were drawn in a tough group and faced the favourites Whitgift school in game 1. After struggling to cope with the pace of the game in the first 10 minutes we began to adapt and compete in the second half, eventually going down 0-6, a respectable result bearing in mind Whitgift went on to be crowned U14 national champions later in the year. SES came up against Simon Langton GS in game two and after leading 1-0 for most of the game the boys were disappointed to concede two late goals. In the final match of the day SES put in a great performance to demolish Portsmouth GS 4-1 to finish on a positive note. After the ups and downs of the divisional round SES then travelled to Marlborough: a poor start meant two goals were conceded in the first 10 minutes and even though SES were the dominant side for the remainder of the match they could only claw back one goal. The final game of the season saw SES travel to Dean Close, eager to end the season on a positive

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note. A great team performance was too much for the home side and SES were impressive 3-1 winners. I would like to thank all the players for their effort and commitment this year and I look forward to seeing them back on a hockey pitch next year.

U14 B It has been a mixed season for the U14B hockey side this term. Many of the boys in the squad had never played hockey before so it was always going to be a struggle for them in the first few weeks. However, after an intensive first week training back at school, we were all ready for the challenge of Cheltenham College at home. Traditionally a very strong hockey school, Cheltenham were always going to be a tough first encounter. For the majority of the game we were thoroughly outplayed and after conceding reasonably early, I was slightly concerned for the remaining 50 minutes of the match! However a combination of superb ‘Teddies spirit’ and an exceptional performance by goalkeeper Billy Slater meant that the score was still 1-0 with the final whistle looming. With seconds to go, we managed to string a few passes together in the centre of the pitch and get the ball up to Harry Nicoll in the D to bury it in the goal. A staggering comeback and huge credit to all the boys for a fantastic and spirited performance. Our next opponents Abingdon were very strong and although we battled hard for the majority of the game, their class shone through and we eventually lost 4-0. The 2-1 loss against Bradfield was extremely disappointing. It was an even game with both sides creating many chances. However, the main difference was that they took their opportunities whereas we struggled in front of goal. This was the stark contrast and something which we needed to work on in the future. In football terms, the Radley match ‘was a game of two halves’! We were extremely poor in the first half and were extremely lucky to be only one goal down at the break. After a stern talking to at half time, we produced a much better display in the last 25 minutes and, although we were unable to find an equaliser, played some really good hockey. However, this doesn’t hide my disappointment that we were extremely poor and lacklustre in the first half. Our next opponents were Magdalen College School. Having had a tough couple of weeks, it was important that we got back to winning ways and this is exactly what we did. A very thorough team performance meant we won the game 3-1. This was then followed by another excellent victory against Bloxham with the same score line. Goals from Simon Brookes, Doug Woolfenden and Toby Cornish ensured the result. Eton and Marlborough proved to be two very tough encounters and although we were outplayed against Eton and lost 3-0, we still managed to create chances throughout the game and played some excellent hockey at certain periods in the second half. We started extremely poorly against Marlborough and at 3-0 down at half time it was always going to be an uphill battle. However we came out in the second half and showed real endeavour resulting in a 1-1 draw in the second half. A special mention to George Henry who played superbly at right back. The final score of 4-1 was disappointing but our performance in the last 20 minutes was encouraging leading into the last game of the season against Dean Close. We ended the season with a real high and played some fantastic hockey in a 4-1 victory at Dean Close. A hat-trick from Harry Nicholl and one from Damon Young gave us the win that we deserved. All in all, it was a thoroughly enjoyable season working with the U14’s and I wish them all the best as Junior Colts next season.


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St Edward’s Rugby & Girls’ Hockey Tour to Canada 2011 In July, St Edward’s Rugby and Girls’ Hockey teams experienced a very successful and most memorable tour to the West Coast of Canada. The tour started as we hoped it would do, when the pupils were commended for their courtesy and manners by the cabin crew of Air Canada. What should have been a mundane ferry journey became incredibly exciting when we crossed the path of a pod of killer whales. Our excitement at our first wildlife encounter quickly turned to apprehension when, on our tour of Shawnigan Lake School, we were warned of recent and regular sightings of black bears and cougars! Apparently, the tactics needed to survive such an encounter are: look big, make a lot of noise and whatever you do don’t run! Shawnigan Lake School is in the most idyllic setting, and the breath-taking scenery was even more spectacular at 6.30 am when participating in an early morning lake swim to recover after the first fitness session. This scenery was complemented by the first class training facilities and hospitality and we felt truly privileged to be staying there. The

evening saw a light hearted meeting, with roles and responsibility being handed out, singing practice (from Mr Dalgleish’ s tour songbook) and then an early night after a hard day’s hockey and rugby training, with the lake beckoning at 7 am! Following two hard days of intensive training, both the hockey and rugby squads were ready for some competitive action. Both matches were played in warmer conditions than we would associate with the autumn term. The girls kicked off first against Cowichan HC, with the support of the boys. After a great start, and a goal from Lily Davies, we led 1-0 at half-time. Another exciting half of hockey followed and with a goal from Helen Baddeley, we thought the game was in the bag; however, they came back, with the help of their Canadian full international, to score 3 goals in quick succession making it 2-3. In the dying seconds of the match, we strung together some quality passes, culminating in another goal from Helen to level the final score at 3-3. Helen Baddeley

After various fixture complications due to the Provincial Rugby Cup in Canada, the boys established a fixture with the Down Grammar School from Northern Ireland. With over half of their team comprised of Sixth Form leavers, this was always going to be a tough game. After conceding two early tries, the boys fought valiantly to score a fantastic try on half time. The second half was again well contested until the power of the Irish side showed through at the end. Thankfully, we were also able to play against Cowichan on the same day in a modified 10-a-side game. This game ended with a first win for St Edward’s Rugby on Canadian soil, with a spirited performance resulting in a 24-17 victory. Nick de Klee The tour party were treated to a hearty BBQ at Cowichan Rugby Club before returning to SLS for a traditional camp fire night, with s’mores. After a squad photograph early in the morning, the girls were back in action for their second fixture. A very competent performance, which built on the draw from the previous day, resulted in a resounding 4-0 victory. Emma Cadoux-Hudson made her debut out of goal up front in the forward line and was unlucky not to score. The Tour party were sad to say goodbye to SLS, but spirits were soon lifted as we took to the waters for an afternoon of whale watching. After four hours, we had seen substantial pods of Killer whales and were able to take some fantastic photos of the whales breaching and spy-hopping. Everyone agreed this was one of the highlights of the trip. Later that evening, we relocated to the University of Victoria and enjoyed a stroll down to Cadboro Bay, as the sun set over the bay. A hike to Mount Tolmie kick-started the next day, offering a bird’s eye view of Victoria. After an afternoon of training and an evening meal in Victoria, the party got an early night in preparation for the next day’s matches. The girls played a Victoria Select U18 XI and again, with a strong performance, came away with the win 5-1. The boys played St Michael’s University School and again were triumphant. The second rugby fixture saw St Edward’s play St Edward’s Chronicle 2010/11  |  129


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The rugby team’s next fixture was against Fraser Valley on the mainland. In an intimidating environment, the team showed enormous collective spirit and composure. Playing against a side which were considerably larger than them, St Edward’s stuck to their structure and completed patterns to score 5 tries in the first half through Connolly, Stone, Kent and Hargreaves. In the second half the boys played even better scoring a further 6 tries, with Freddie Myatt, Nick de Klee and David Stone in exceptional form. Alex Hargreaves

against a Vancouver Island representative team in a match held at the beautiful St Michael’s University School. The coach taking boys to the game failed to arrive so they adopted the more amateur approach of travelling by cars. This said, the onfield performance was rather more professional and the boys turned out winners 47-21 with strong performances from Nick De Klee, Scott Critchley and James Connolly. The highlight of the game was a try by Captain Aron Coleman whose side step will be talked about for years to come. We left Vancouver Island with very fond memories and headed towards the mainland, stopping at White Rock before moving on to Vancouver. In White Rock, the girls played Delta 130  |  St Edward’s Chronicle 2010/11

Grammar School U18 XI. As they are the national champions we knew this would be a tough test. They didn’t disappoint and it was our toughest competition. After a poor goal, Delta went up 1-0 at half time. However, we applied the pressure and kept creating shooting chances, which we were unlucky not to convert. Emma Cadoux-Hudson made some amazing saves in goal and Claira Miesegaes half-volleyed a ball off the goal line to prevent them from scoring. However, Delta stepped up and scored another goal to win 2-0. This was a great performance, both individually and as a team, and the girls proved that they can compete at a high level. Bubble Baddeley

After the hockey and rugby games, the boys and girls were billeted by hosts and although I am sure we haven’t heard the complete version of many events, it sounded as if everyone enjoyed themselves and have made some long lasting friends. Two days later the girls played Vancouver Hawks in the middle of Downtown Vancouver – an experience in itself! A slow first half in the torrential rain saw us leading 1-0 and we were not happy with this performance. After a pick me up maple syrup half-time cookie (given to us by an OSE), we produced a stunning second half performance, completely dominating to win 8-1. This was undoubtedly our finest performance, with Phoebe Bates getting onto the score sheet and other goals from Lily Davies, Bubble Baddeley, Helen Baddeley and Ella Clarke. It was a fantastic way to finish the hockey on tour. The last Rugby match for the boys was played against Meralomas, a long standing, traditional Canadian rugby club, with many, well established teams. In front of 15-20 OSE (who had arranged a reunion) and several parents, the boys stuttered and produced a lack-lustre performance in the first half to be trailing by 12 points at half-time. After some honest words at half time and some influential substitutions, the boys produced a much better second half performance, meaning we were able to win our last tour game by just 2 points. Although this performance did not reflect the hard work and progress the squad had made, we were happy to escape with a victory. Both the boys and girls were treated to a reception at the Meralomas Rugby Club. We were very appreciative of the fantastic way they looked after us. Meanwhile, Miss Gee and Mr Gaunt attended the OSE reunion in North Vancouver. It was a real privilege to hear stories of life at St Edward’s from as far back as the 1930s! A particular mention must go to Ron, a 94 year-old war veteran and prisoner of war for five years. He spoke so fondly of his time at St Edward’s and said that without the skills he acquired at school, he wouldn’t have survived the harsh conditions of war. Aside from the rugby and hockey, we had been having some fun! The tour party made it into the Daily White Rock press for our visit, but L’esquita (the rugby squad mascot) managed to get himself left behind and we had to arrange a meeting to


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retrieve him. L’esquita had been having his own fun whilst he was away from us and returned with a diary and photographs to explain all! We were also able to take in lots of local sights, visiting Granville Island before checking into the YWCA in Vancouver. The pupils were given time to explore Vancouver and we had a fantastic group dinner in Moxies. On the way to Whistler, we stopped off at Stanley Park (Canada’s equivalent of New York’s Central Park) and went up Grouse Mountain for the afternoon. Up there we saw grizzly bears and were treated to a lumberjack show. The drive to Whistler was spectacular, even though the weather was not on our side and that evening we celebrated Freddie Myatt’s birthday at the Old Spaghetti Factory. Great fun was had with the white water-rafting and zip lining. The staff beat all the pupils down the rapids although they did take a great deal of ambushing from the other boats! A few others ziplined at apparently the best course in the world and were treated to some incredible views. On our last day, we took the Peak to Peak gondola to the top of Blackcomb Mountain. The weather picked up a little to give us panoramic views. On the way down we were lucky enough to see a grizzly bear! The Krankworx free ride bike festival was also on, so there was much to keep everyone entertained. The end of tour dinner celebrated the achievements on the hockey and rugby fields, and also to recognise those pupils who had gone the extra mile whilst on the tour. The pupils

were a pleasure to tour with and are a credit to St Edward’s. Everywhere we went we were complimented on our behaviour and courtesy. We were extremely lucky to experience many oncein-a-lifetime opportunities which undoubtedly helped to make the tour special. I would like to thank all the parents who made the tour possible for their children and to those

parents who came along and supported us both on and off the field. The Martyrs also helped make the tour possible, for which we are very grateful. Lastly, I would like to thank Rachel Bellamy, Mark Hanslip, Andrew Dalgleish and James Gaunt, who helped to make everything run so smoothly and for getting in the coffee! Sarah Gee

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Netball 1st VII Played 11, lost 6, won 5

The 1st VII started their netball campaign way back in September with pre-season. We had a great County tournament in November winning 5 games, losing 2 and drawing one, Harriet Lunnon having an outstanding tournament. Our first school fixture v. Oundle was a huge wake up call. Jessie Stevenson and Goose Charlton brought their experience to the court, and although we competed very well in the first two quarters, Oundle played some outstanding netball and our height disadvantage got the better of us at the final whistle. Our next encounter was against Marlborough. We had a huge amount of support on the sidelines, including the likes of Mr Rowley and Mr Parker barking orders from off the court. We got off to a great start, coming away from the first quarter 4 goals up. By the third quarter, Marlborough really started to come back at us, and at the end of this quarter all points were tied. In the end, Marlborough were victorious by 3 goals, owing to the fact of them putting away their chances when it most mattered. The spectators made such a difference this day, and one thing we would say as a whole squad was that it was so nice to have so many people supporting us; it uplifted us as a team and most certainly gave a psychological advantage.

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We lost by one goal against Oakham 19-18, drawing pretty much the whole game, and neither team looked like they wanted to put the ball away. Hurricane-like weather meant that passing and shooting for both teams was a real issue, but it was Oakham in the last 30 seconds that capitalised on our shooting chances. We were to gain our first real win against Headington School – a convincing win which gave Katie Withers Green player of the match. She defended with real determination, worked tirelessly off the ball and had an overall outstanding game. Our game against Rugby was very close, but Teddies were victorious by 2 goals at the final whistle. Bubble Baddeley really stepped up to the mark in the WD position and Emily Sandom showed outstanding composure.


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The Dean Close and Bloxham matches were both very similar in atmosphere. Teddies started off well in both games, but characteristically broke down in the 3rd/4th quarters and lost both games by 3 goals. However, Emily Sandom had another outstanding game against Dean Close, and one forgot entirely that Emily in fact was still a 4th former in a sport that requires much physicality. Emily showed maturity and promise in all of our matches and she should be commended for her efforts; she is a very talented young player who should go far in the world of netball; a promising hope for Teddies’ future netball. It was great to have such a convincing 25-goal win against Stowe. Bubble Baddeley dominated in defence, Stowe kept trying to shuffle their attack but each opponent ended up being pretty paralysed. True defensive destruction! Rose Barry won player of the match against Bradfield, voted for by her teammates, for her great pressure shots and holding her space very well against a tough defence, something she had been working on all season. It was great to see the girls fight in this game with true Teddies spirit... but again, we ended up on the wrong end of the score line. Our last match of the season was a local derby v. Abbey NC. We had played Abbey twice in pre-season and had lost, but this time we had a convincing 10 goal win. Players that should be highlighted here were Freya Swan, who stepped up to the mark playing for the 1st team, Jessie Stevenson who had a great tussle against a very good centre, and Goose Charlton, playing against Mrs. Rudge in the GK position. I just want to take this opportunity to thank the girls for such an enjoyable season. Although we weren’t on the right side of the score lines with some of our matches, I have been so proud of such a young, talented and remarkable team of young women. Most improved player: Emily Sandom; Players’ player: Jessie Stevenson The team: Baddeley, E; Barry, R; Charlton, G (captain); Lunnon, H; Mainds, P; Sandom, E; Stevenson, J (vice-captain).

2nd VII The season started with three losses. Oundle is always a tough first fixture and it was a long bus ride home. The match against Wellington showed much improved performances from both Maxine and Ana in the circle, having worked on this during the week’s training, and a much more positive team spirit. This continued with the match versus Marlborough, when we went into the final quarter leading 14-10. Unfortunately Marlborough finished exceptionally strongly and we were defeated 16-20. Our next match was a tense one, against feisty opposition, with new recruit Leonora shooting along with Ana and Maxine and receiving some excellent feeds into the circle from Belle and Lily. Our defence of Bella, Emily Fletcher and Emily Marshall stayed

strong and gave us countless turnovers. The team’s hard work in training paid off with an outstanding 26-20 victory. A shortened match against Headington meant some difficult selection decisions and playing indoors brought a new set of challenges for the team, which they met in a low scoring 14-8 victory. A triangular tournament against Rugby and Bromsgrove saw two defeats, but the match against Bromsgrove U16s was a joy to behold; the girls lifted their game and really relished playing an exceptional young team, even when they beat us 4-41! The following Dean Close match saw too many handling errors to afford us a win, but this was rectified in the next game. Belle Burt should be mentioned for her dedication; playing on when injured due to our lack of substitutes – eventually filled by Harriet Lunnon, after 3 quarters playing for the 1st VII. Undoubtedly, the highlight of the season for me was the match against Bloxham. On a court with fond memories of Teddies netball for me, the 2011 2nd VII stepped up and showed their true colours. They were a complete team – backing each other up and reading each other’s next move perfectly. Freya Swan showed her effortless timing, Bella Ogston remained supreme in the defensive circle, Emily Marshall picked up every loose ball, Emily Fletcher converted turnovers into effective attacks and marked superbly throughout the court, Belle Burt intercepted everything, Maxine Mackintosh moved with conviction and confidence around the circle, shooting from everywhere and Leonora Skull (player of the match) was the perfect Goal Attack; a presence all over the court and shooting impeccably. Each player did what they needed to...and most importantly loved every second, as did the spectators. A 2nd VII made up mainly of U16 players visited Stowe, winning convincingly 45-11. The loss to Bradfield which followed was disappointing, as we failed to convert our possession into goals as well as our opposition did. The final two matches of the season were victories. The first against Cheltenham was won in style, coming back from being 11-17 down at half time, powering through a 12-3 third quarter to hold the lead in the final quarter, finishing 28-24. Our final match of the season, played against Tudor Hall on Astroturf, saw us missing Emily Fletcher and Freya, due to their promotion into the 1st VII, so two U15As players (Nancy Purle at GD and Lucy Poffley at WA) joined our ranks and performed brilliantly, giving us a decisive 29-14 win. We lost players at different times during the season due to illness, injury and promotion, but to the team’s credit, they coped and adapted well to deal with this. Many thanks to those parents who supported us throughout the season – your encouragement (and Rocky Road) is much appreciated.

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3rd VII From the outset of the Netball season our various senior teams promised to be strong. When trials and training were underway, with so many excellent players, it was tough to decide how to organise the 2nd and 3rd teams. This meant that several girls who played for the 3rds trained with the 1sts and 2nds, providing a great opportunity for them to sharpen their game. Although the 3rds had a tough start to the term, the turning point was marked by their performance against Oakham, a closely fought match leaving us just a few goals behind at full time, having been 7 all at half time. From here on in, the girls looked outstanding on the court; intelligent defence from Susannah Browning (WD), Millie Edwards (GD) and Clio Chartres (GK), impressive energy in attack from Celia Mallet (C), Juliet Snow (WA) and Grace Lee (WA/C), accurate shooting from Abby Wynn (GS), Viola Hazlerigg (GA/GS) and Cassandra Cassidy de Parry (GA/GS) and invaluable versatility from Kate Fraser (WA, GD, C, WD!) and Abby Hughes (GK, GD). Our victories against Dean Close and Bloxham were evidence of the confidence found in the match against Oakham and the determination of each of the girls to improve their performance with each training session and match. I thoroughly enjoyed coaching the team, who developed an excellent rapport with one other, managing to balance perceptive reflection about their game with a great sense of fun and humour. This was exemplified in the light-hearted ‘Easter Egg Awards Ceremony’, the perfect end to an enjoyable and educational season. Browning, S; Cassidy de Parry, C; Chartres, C; Edwards, M; Fraser, K; Hazlerigg, V; Hughes, Abby; Lee, G; Mallet, C; Wynn, Abby

4ths The season started slowly for the fourths with a couple of disappointing results against Wellington and Oundle. Not to be discouraged however, the team rallied under the leadership of captain Jen Robinson (WD) and came back strongly in the remaining matches, beginning with a fast and exhilarating game against Dean Close in which some great attacking work by Jil Schwartz (GA) and vice-captain Fiona Shajko (GS) saw their first

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win of the season. With Lily Hinton (WA) and Anna Schroder (GK) promoted from the U16s and a renewed competitive spirit, the final two matches of the season against Cheltenham College and Bradfield were nail-bitingly close with the winning goal being scored by a focussed and determined St Edward’s side in the closing minutes of both matches. The results were a testament to the hard work of the whole team with particularly noteworthy performances coming from Louisa Stephenson (C), Ciara Connell (GS) and Chantelle Dunn (GD). At the end of the season the team had won three out of their five matches; a very successful and enjoyable season.

U16 A It was an excellent season for the U16A team; they played 10 matches, won 6 and lost 4. During these matches they scored 271 goals and conceded 237; a very positive goals average. Mads Edwards was a key contributor to this average and she led by example as captain. She successfully created space, converted her shooting opportunities and kept the whole team motivated during every game. Her knowledge, awareness and clear communication skills were always an asset from the top of the court. Mads was ably supported in the shooting circle by Sophie Rice-Payton whose calmness under pressure provided the perfect complement as they forged a formidable partnership. The whole side benefited from a strong team bond developed during their previous two netball seasons and this familiarity shone through as they were able to anticipate each other’s movements and play to their strengths. This was especially true in the centre court as Phoebe Bates, Ella Clarke and Robyn Fairhurst seemed to read each other’s mind. The speed of their movement and precision of passing often left a confused opposition behind! In the first match of the season against Oundle the girls acquitted themselves very well and although they lost they were certainly not outplayed. After narrowly losing the next two games to Wellington and Marlborough the girls went on a six game winning run achieving victories against Oakham, Rugby, Bromsgrove, Dean Close, Bloxham and Tudor Hall, a fantastic effort. One of the many highlights of the season was the 20-14 victory over Rugby. An exceptional team performance enabled the girls to overcome strong opposition and Ella Clarke was instrumental in the smooth transition of the ball from defence to attack. An outstanding defensive performance from Chantelle Endeley and Lucy Ritchie made the match against Oakham another memorable one. Ably supported by Georgie Paling they formed a cohesive unit which made life very difficult for the opposition shooters and led to a convincing 24-14 win. Against Dean Close it was the attack’s turn to shine. Exceptional shooting from Mads and Sophie meant they converted every opportunity given to them by the team, outscoring Dean Close by 58 goals to 15. The final game of the season against Tudor Hall was an emotional one as it was the last time this successful squad would play together. A tentative start on an unusual astro turf surface meant the score was close at half time. However, the girls powered through the second half and established a seven goal lead which the opposition could not overturn. The shooters and defence were as impressive as ever but it was the timing and speed of the link up play between Ella and Phoebe that made the difference. It was the perfect end to their season and three years together as a team. It was most certainly a pleasure to coach this fantastic group of girls and I wish them every success in their future netball.


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U16 B The team was beleaguered early on with injury and there were some tough fixtures at the start of term. Despite this, the girls showed a remarkably robust spirit and responded very well in training. Oundle was a difficult match to start with but by the match against Marlborough the team was starting to really show how well they had gelled with some outstanding defence and centre court play. As the season went on the girls grew in confidence and the team gained their first win. Shortly after came a game against Rugby which the girls narrowly lost despite being equally matched with their opponents. The season highlight had to be the final match against Tudor Hall in which the girls came back from being five goals down in the first quarter to winning by six goals at the final whistle. Player of the season goes to Katy McGirr for her incredible diversity, the team spirit award goes to Ella Johnson for her tireless optimism and great match play, and most improved player goes to Dani Rowe for her meteoric rise from the C team squad to a vital member of the Bs.

U15 A The U15 A team had a promising season, winning 3 out of the 8 matches played. The season started with the county tournament in which the team lost out to the overall tournament winners in the semi-finals. Emily Sandom was identified early on as an exceptional player for the age group, and was selected to play the season with the School’s First team: an excellent achievement for an U15 player. Although the loss of a hugely valued member of the team was initially a slight confidence knock to the team, after a 24-27 loss in a closely fought game against Oundle the team appeared to grow in confidence. Claira Miesegaes and Helen Baddeley filled the centre court position and controlled the game well. The following week demonstrated what a competitive and highly motivated group of girls we had playing in the U15s this year. In the first half it looked as if Wellington were the stronger team but Teddy’s took advantage of Wellington’s ‘3rd quarter slump’. They saw the opportunity and took it, displaying incredible fighting spirit, and sheer determination to come back from 6 goals down, winning 26-24. The U15s were the only age group to produce wins in this fixture. The next highlight of the season came out of the Oakham fixture as Teddy’s were now working beautifully as a team with Honour Wainwright and Alice Eckett moving well in the circle and converting almost every opportunity they were given into a goal. These opportunities came from the assertive natural sports woman that is Lucy Poffley in the WA position, Claira Miesegaes’ never say die’ attitude and versatility, playing C, WD, GD, and GK, and the sharp minded technical player Helen Baddeley playing C and WD. Supported by an excellent defensive team, captain Nancy Purle in the GD position impressed not only the Teddy’s coaches but also the county team coaches. She was spotted at the county tournament and selected to train with them. Emma Marriott struggled with injury but when fit played well in the GK position and was a valued member of the team along with Lizzy Kelsey also playing in the GK position. The team went on to more than double Oakham’s total in their 4th match of the term, winning 24-11. During these matches Phoebe Burch was proving herself to be a very handy and versatile player in the U15B team and was invited to join the A team for the remaining games of the season. Her shooting and strong play out on court made her a valuable addition to the A team. Although the team lost against Rugby the

following week it was an incredibly close fought match with a final score of 25-28. A solid 32-22 win against Bloxham came before the last match of the season which was unfortunately against a very strong Bradfield team. Although the season did not end on a high it was clear to see that this group of girls has a promising sporting future at St Edward’s and I wish them luck for next season. GS – Alice Eckett, GA – Honour Wainwright, WA - Lucy Poffley, C – Helen Baddeley, WD - Claira Miesegaes, GD – Nancy Purle, GK – Emma Marriott, Lizzy Kelsey.

U15 B The start of the season threw the girls in at the deep end with tough opposition. They started off well narrowly losing to Oundle, but achieving a spectacular win over Wellington in a very close fought battle 26-24. As training progressed the girls became much more used to playing as a team, working for one another as a slick unit; the results reflected this. Other notable wins were had against Oakham, Bloxham, Tudor Hall and Bradfield. Unfortunately, several fixtures were cancelled due to the freezing weather, making it a disappointing end to the season. Throughout the season, the girls played extremely gutsy netball, often in difficult conditions and often punching above our weight against bigger schools. The girls transformed their netball into a very elegant style, interacting well with the opposition and playing with good humour and maturity. The girls should be congratulated on their results over the course of the term and I very much hope they resume their next season with the same enthusiasm for the game.

U15 C The U15C’s had a thoroughly mixed season. There were moments of great disappointment but towards the end of the season there were also glimpses of brilliance. To put it bluntly we had a poor start to the season. Both the attack and the defence never seemed to gel and we had problems with the basics of passing and shooting. However, many of the girls were playing in new positions and understandably took a while to find their netball feet! The score sheets were disappointing week after week but they rarely reflected the competitiveness of some of the matches. This was little consolation however and the girls begun to get rather disheartened. So after much deliberation I took the decision to change the team around, meaning that Ella was now shooting with Eliza. In training, the girls worked hard on improving all aspects of their game. This had an immediate effect and we managed to secure our first win of the season against Bradfield in impressive form which just goes to show what hard work, commitment and effort in training can do. Eliza begun to shoot much better and Yasmin played fantastically in defence. However, all the girls should be very proud of their performance, it was a real team effort. The final score was a well deserved 21-12. Finally, in the last match of the season the girls did themselves proud. On a high from the previous week’s performance, the girls came out more enthusiastic than ever. At no point did they let the opposition dominate and they went on to a convincing and well deserved win 22-8 which the score line didn’t do justice to. What a way to end the season! Well done girls, we got there in the end. Player of the season has to go to Ella Johnson-Watts for fantastic versatility.

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new positions to a high level. Player of the season was awarded to Flossie Pugh for her great skill and high work ethic both during training and games. The most improved player is awarded to Tallulah Kyle for a remarkable improvement in defence and effort. Well done to all, you were a pleasure to coach.

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U15 D/14 C The U15D merged with the U14C to bring together experience with fresh talent. The team had a difficult season coming up against many well established C teams, but their spirit and determination never faltered. The first few games against the big rivals Wellington, Oundle and Marlborough saw defeats but the team was starting to work together and find their feet in some new positions. They started matches slowly but always continued to improve as the game progressed. Vicki Boyle continued to put up a valiant fight against Oakham’s attack but they lost to a very well rehearsed, slick team. However, they were commended by the Oakham coach for their fighting spirit until the last whistle. During training we continued to work on defensive drills, shooting technique and ‘getting free’ which paid dividends with a good quality game against Dean Close. Dean Close also saw a change of position for Flossie Pugh from GD to C and both their shooters Lu Wright and Jemina Jolley available to play which aided the girls to achieve their best goal score of the season so far, 24-13 to Dean Close. Tallulah Kyle and Clemmie Hanbury demonstrated a great improvement in defence as the games continued. After a disappointing first quarter against Bradfield a slight change of position saw a great improvement with Celia Higson enjoying GK, Flossie Pugh continuing to play extremely well as C and Molly Langman with tremendous grit and determination as GD. As the season developed the team were working well together and were improving their communication and positioning of their centre and back line passes. Nearing the end of the season they had their closest game yet against Cheltenham with a draw in the last minute and another solid performance from Daisy Ditcham as WA. The girls put in 100% effort and supported each other the whole way through the match; it was such a pleasure to see but such a shame they were so close to a well deserved victory. The team ended the season with a close fight against Tudor Hall at home with good shooting from Jemima Jolley and Molly Langman. The girls worked hard all season and continued to develop old and

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The season started for the newly formed team in the autumn term in the Oxfordshire County Championships, where they came 3rd in their group. It was a solid start to the netball season against a strong Oundle side. Even though the team lost, they played very well. Ellie Lloyd was player of the match for her tireless work linking defence into attack. After playing a very tall and much stronger Wellington side, the team were playing better together and there were some quality performances against Marlborough, with player of the match going to Issy Grace for her transition to circle defence. She made some phenomenal interceptions to stop the ball getting into the shooting circle. Against Oakham, Charlotte Findlay was awarded player of the match for her sterling work in defence. The best performance of the season was against Bradfield, where the team narrowly lost by 7 goals. They played much more as a team and there was excellent shooting from Fleur Green. Alex Hauger was player of the match for some brilliant interceptions. Week by week the girls developed. Fleur Green and Ellie Lloyd became more confident with their shooting; Meg Johnson, Susie Flory and Issy Grace work well in attack and feeding the ball into the shooting circle; Alex Hauger and Charlotte Findlay developed well in the defending circle, often working tirelessly to make interceptions. The team was ably captained in turn each week by a different member. It would be unfair to name just one or two of the players as each girl in the squad played a crucial role. The team learnt that dedication to training was to pay off in the matches and even though the season was an extremely tough one with regard to wins, the girls never gave up. I am confident that they can improve on this season and will be stronger players in the future for it.

U14 B The 2011 season ably supported the old adage that good things come to those who wait…and work hard! The girls had a tough start to the season with heavy losses against Oakham, Wellington and Marlborough. However, with real dedication to training and learning from their mistakes, huge improvements came towards the end of the season and the last week of term was decorated with two good victories against Cheltenham College and Headington, and a draw against Tudor Hall. Bella Weston proved a thoughtful and supportive captain and specific mention should go to Player of the Season, Anna Goncharenko, who was formidable in defence, and our rotating trio of reliable and talented shooters: Hattie Hipwell, Lottie Burr and Tilly Blandy. The whole team pulled together well also and there was excellent team spirit through good times and bad.


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Football 1st XI Over the course of a long and busy season, the 1st XI football team produced a number of positive displays against consistently strong opposition. Despite being hampered by injuries to key players for the whole season, the squad demonstrated an excellent attitude to both training and matches, even after being on the wrong end of some disappointing results. A particular highlight of the season was the 4-4 draw the team achieved away at Wycliffe, coming back from 3-1 down. The spirit and determination on display during this match summed up the approach of the team during the term; although regularly coming up against stronger opposition, with a greater strength in depth, the players always gave their best and worked hard for each other.A number of the games turned on a mistake or a stroke of luck, and thus unfortunately the team did not always get the result that their efforts merited. That said, many of the matches were close and competitive, with the opposition being pushed all the way. Particularly pleasing was the progress made by many players; Nayuta Shoji is worthy of mention as Player of the Season, for the significant improvement he achieved.With a number of Lower Sixth representing the 1st XI this term there is a solid foundation to build on next year, when we hope that the hard work is matched by results on the pitch.

saw us lose by a goal. There was an epic draw against Bedford, and a close run loss to MCS. An away game against Marlborough brought a tremendous battle on a small and windswept pitch. We went 4-1 up, thanks to Ismail Aamir and Pavi Vaswani, with fifteen minutes still to play, Marlborough came back with two quick goals leaving ten minutes to go, but thanks to some dogged defending from Will Marsh and Nick Womersley we held on for a tremendous victory. Mention must be made of Ben Lebus’ impact on the pitch, a tenacious player who always gave it his all. Shimpei Kamada and Tom Glover were stalwarts of the side who were totally committed to the team. As indeed was Jack Shuker – ‘the super sub’. Impressive performances also came from Will Kinman, Charlie Harnden and Beer Kawatkul and our goalkeepers Peter Kinsey and Jeffrey Koren. In retrospect, although some results didn’t go our way, the boys played with great heart throughout the season and seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves - this is what it’s all about.

2nd XI It was a hard fought season for the second eleven football team. As is often the case the team went through several different permutations as the term progressed, until we eventually settled in time for the last few fixtures. The season started promisingly with a magnificent victory over Bromsgrove, Jake Aldrich scored two goals to seal a 3-2 victory. Some of the second’s players were so impressive that they were quickly moved up to the firsts for the next match against Haberdashers’ – a rather tough fixture for all concerned where any thoughts of an unbeaten season were soon vanquished. Gully Burrows stood out for his physical prowess on the pitch and he too was sent quickly up to the firsts. And so began a run of difficult fixtures, in difficult conditions. Rugby and Radley are always testing fixtures, and a close fought match against Wycliffe

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3rd XI

Colts B

Peter Leslie, JJ Koren, Robin Müdüroglu, Chris Stylianou, Umberto Varricchio, Alex Hamilton, John O’Hara, Ben Havey, Mosope Fagbohungbe, Cosmo McQueen, Tony Lea, Josh Robinson, Katha Osathanugrah, Freddie Strickland , Brian Leung, Bernard Kay, Billy Brooks.

Very soon after the start of the season the Colts A squad lost a number of players through injury. Our two pacy forwards, Oliver Spencer-Berrell and Afolabi Ayoola along with Nick de Klee, a hard tackling, hard working midfielder, amongst others, were more often than not playing for the Colts A team. This of course did not help our cause. It was, as the statistics indicate, a frustrating and disappointing season. Despite playing with enthusiasm, over the eight games the Colts continued to make basic defensive errors. I lost count of the number of occasions the opposition had men left unmarked on the far post due to ball watching and far too often players jumped into the tackle, committing themselves too soon and allowing the forwards to run through the defence. Thus we conceded many goals and this meant that the boys were often chasing the game, playing catch up. This in turn left the defence more open and vulnerable to counter attacks. Goals ‘for’ were few and far between, compounding the problem. Keeping possession of the ball proved difficult; looking up, passing to feet and moving into space is the way to build an attack. We had little success trying to find a way through the opposition’s midfield and defence. But the team created more chances when we switched to the old Wimbledon ‘route one’ approach, particularly when our swift front men were playing and could run on to the long ball sent over the top. There were some memorable noteworthy moments; mostly from one home game against Oratory. From the kick off St Edward’s were under pressure as Oratory’s midfield took control, moving the ball forward and not giving it away cheaply. For thirty minutes without respite the boys endured wave after wave of assaults on our goal but the defenders doggedly held the line. The goalkeeper, Sullivan, made a series of spectacular saves and the back four, Hillier, Hall, Cooke and Alakbarov, darted about flinging themselves into challenge after challenge as if their lives depended on it. But the inevitable happened and after half an hour we were a goal down. I admit I thought that this was the trickle before the avalanche and by the confidence and ‘chat’ of the away team and their coach I was not the only one. Despite the pressure the boys still believed that they could get something from the game. And with 5 minutes to go before the half time whistle Savage took a pass from the keeper, saw Lord in space on the left wing and swept the ball to him. He ran on to it at full pace and went around their right back before slipping the ball inside to Ayoola who took it into the box before bending it passed the diving keeper into the corner of the net. The team showed the same commitment in the second half as they did in the first. Oratory must have had 75% of the possession but we held on for a well earned draw. Notwithstanding the many disappointments of our season the team always played with spirit, determination, enthusiasm and a commendable degree of camaraderie. Even when facing a heavy defeat heads did not go down.

This a high spirited, entertaining squad who tried hard in training, and tried hard on the field. The team was ably led by Freddie Strickland and in his absence by Billy Brooks, John O’Hara and Chris Stylianou. We scored at both ends of the pitch (in the same half ) and some of our own goals would have been pretty good at the other end. We also had a number of near misses (at own goals and at the proper end) and missed penalties. Peter Leslie and JJ shared most of the goal-keeping duties. Defensively we were served by Chris, John, Alex, Ben and Mosope, who enjoyed the right to roam and shoot from afar. In midfield we had Cosmo, Robin, Tony, Katha and Umberto, all of whom showed good strength and skill. Freddie and Billy provided most of the running up front while Brian and Bernard acted as utility players filling in as goalkeeper, defenders and/or midfield. It was a very enjoyable season and matches were played with a great spirit.

Colts A The Colts A football team had an extremely successful season and posed a formidable force to anyone who stepped on the hallowed turf of the Corfe Pitch. The foundation of the team was set upon the consistency of Olly Oakley in goal and the finesse and calmness of Max Holland. Max was undoubtedly the player of the season and his tackles were always timed to perfection with a reading of the game that was faultless. Rafet’s captaincy was crucial in inspiring the troops to play physical and aggressive football which meant that every member of the opposition knew that they were in for a real battle. With Ronnie Bulford and Will Sargent in midfield, there was lots of creativity and bagfuls of goals from George Anthony-Jones until his season-ending injury against Berkhamsted. A tight 1-0 victory against Rugby was a classy performance. In contrast stood the 3-2 win over Wycliffe on a very small and very boggy surface. St. Edward’s were 3-0 to the good with 3 minutes to go and conceded two consolation goals, in a game where the Teddies’ dominance was not reflected in the score. The most heated game of the season came against Reading Oratory, where a fiercely competitive match ended 3-2 in Teddies’ favour, with the Colts keeping their composure and self-discipline to come out the deserved winners. A draw away at Marlborough in near-hurricane conditions on a sloped and poor pitch was the least that the Colts deserved. The final game of the season was away at Oundle. Nick de Klee’s hattrick secured a very comfortable 4-0 win, with Oakley not even having to make a single save. The season was an undoubted success and testament to the hard work, commitment and determination which the boys put in. Thanks must go to the many hearty parents and supporters who showed up at so many of the games and to all the grounds staff for keeping Corfe pitch such an immaculate surface for the playing of the beautiful game.

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Cricket 1st XI Squad: J. Barrett, F. Beg, H. Bhatti, W. Bull, G. Chaffer, H. Coles (captain), J. Connolly, C. Dickinson, C. Everett, J. Fairhurst, J. Fenner, J. Machin, A. Hargreaves, M. Hammond, H. Kennedy, F. Kerr-Dineen, O. Oakley, W. Oakley, R. Shipperley, F. Simon, O. Smith, A. Spratling, B. Taylor, R. Willis, R. Wise. The 2011 season proved to be challenging as a young side, regularly consisting of fewer sixth formers than pupils of the lower years, took to the field. It is a testament to the boys’ ability and determination that they stuck through the bad times to record victories over Dauntsey’s, Abingdon, MCS, The Free Foresters, MCC and the Martyrs in addition to well-earned draws against The Cryptics and South Oxfordshire Amateurs. In this, captain Hugh Coles proved to be instrumental. As well as playing a full role on the field as captain, high-order batsman and wicket-keeper, he led superbly very much with his heart on the sleeve. We are appreciative of the mature manner in which he motivated the side and maintained spirits. In his 1st XI career of four seasons, Hugh amassed 1,323 runs and his solid ‘keeping yielded 23 catches and seven stumpings. We are sure that the effect of his inspirational team talks will live long in the minds of the many young players in this side. On the other hand vice-captain Ben Taylor was a man of few words yet his unstinting support for his captain cannot be underestimated. His top score for the XI was an innings of 83 made last season and, whilst, he did better this total this season his contribution of 252 runs this term (including a superb 40 against Radley) were always scored in quick time. Other leavers who participated this season were dynamic opening bowlers Rupert Shipperley and Richard Wise and much-improved batsmen James Fenner and Will Oakley. In terms of batting, there were many fine individual performances, yet in any one match it was rare for more than a couple of batsmen to fire at once. Lessons will have to be drawn from this and next season batting in partnerships will be essential. The leading run scorer was Hugh Coles, whose 529 runs included three fifties and one century. Joe Barrett made 505 runs; the highlight here was a superb ton. By contrast the bowling was more consistent, with spin leading the way. Three of the four leading wicket-takers were spinners. Miles Hammond was the leader here with 34 victims at an average of 21.65. This included two six wicket hauls, a five wicket haul and a sub-four economy rate. Ruairi Willis bowled well all season with a highlight for 4 for 14. The leading seamer was all-rounder George Chaffer, whose confidence grew as the season progressed; his tally of sixteen wickets in addition to 362 runs bodes very well for next season. The season began with a pre-season game against Oxfordshire U17s. Confidence was high as, fielding first, the side reduced the opposition to 120 for 7. Miles Hammond was to the fore with five wickets and Feroz Beg struck twice. However, a super counterattacking innings from Gloucestershire Academy player Taylor pushed the visitors to 238 for 9 at the point of their declaration. St Edward’s first innings yielded a paltry 80 yet a more spirited effort of 110 for 2 in the second innings, which saw Hugh Coles notch up his first half-century of the season, denied an outright victory to the opposition. The next day brought a trip to Uppingham. A brisk 29 from the bat of Miles Hammond as opener was the only highlight of a disappointing day, which saw the hosts cruise to a St Edward’s Chronicle 2010/11  |  139


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1st XI Captain Hugh Coles

seven wicket victory. A similar margin of defeat was experienced against Rugby. George Chaffer’s 40 helped St Edward’s to 234 for 8. Miles Hammond took all three wickets to fall as Rugby overhauled the total in 48.5 overs. The HMC National T20 competition brought mixed results with a defeat at the hands of Abingdon (in which Miles Hammond claimed a further three scalps), but a pleasing display against Dauntsey’s. The XI closed on 158 for 4 thanks to a lusty 47 from Ben Taylor and an unbeaten 57 from Hugh Coles. The Dauntsey’s side was then pushed aside at 113 for 8; Ruairi Willis led the bowling with 4 for 13. Bradfield won our first outing of the season in the John Harvey Cup by yet another seven wicket margin. The consolation of an otherwise low total of 230 for 7 were knocks of 94 and 49 respectively from fourth formers Joe Barrett and Feroz Beg. The following game was a visit to Harrow. The opposition was restricted to 256 for 6. Miles Hammond bowled well to take 2 for 39 from eleven overs. In reply the XI was dismissed for 138. After these calamitous performances the boys rose to the challenge before them to play some of their best cricket of the season against MCS. A fantastic and sustained 100 overs brought much-needed confidence to the camp. St Edward’s blasted 304 for 9. This is one of the highest totals by the School’s XI in recent memory. Hugh Coles, Joe Barrett and George Chaffer all recorded half-centuries. In the second half of the game tight bowling from Alex Hargreaves (2 for 22) and Haider Bhatti (2 for 45) and spritely fielding ensured that MCS could only make 242 for 8 in reply to give victory by 62 runs. The next day a draw against The Cryptics followed. In reply to 216 for 6, St Edward’s made 184 for 7 with responsible innings from Oliver Smith (35), Charlie Everett (38), Ruairi Willis (35) and a watchful and mature 28 not out from Shell Calvin Dickinson on debut, which followed pleasing work behind the stumps. Momentum was now evident and two more excellent wins were earned. Firstly, the T20 defeat to Abingdon was well and truly avenged. Despite folding to 125 all out (George Chaffer 43, Freddie Simon 27), a remarkable spell in the field unfolded as Miles Hammond span the side to victory by 18 runs

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with a spell of 22 overs, eleven maidens and six wickets for 31 runs. For this feat he was awarded his colours as a fourth former; remarkable. The Free Foresters were subsequently defeated by a handsome margin of nine wickets. Three wickets apiece from George Chaffer and Ruairi Willis restricted the visitors to 196 for 7 before Hugh Coles hit an unbeaten 115 in superb style, supported ever so well by Oliver Smith (62 not out) to overhaul the required total with ease. In the context of this run it is a huge disappointment that the side’s second John Harvey Cup fixture against Winchester was rained off. After half-term Marlborough beckoned for the season’s third John Harvey Cup game. Intense pressure reduced Marlborough to 234 for 4. There was an excellent start to the reply; strong performances from Miles Hammond with 39, Hugh Coles and George Chaffer with 38 apiece gave a purposeful start. In the end, however, the side was dismissed for 203. In many respects this was an opportunity lost; the game was there for the taking. Things did not get easier in the two following weeks with resounding defeats to Stowe and Cheltenham. In the former encounter St Edward’s posted 181 for 6 off 40 overs, with Hugh Coles scoring 42 and Miles Hammond 32 not out. Unfortunately some superb batting from Stowe gave victory by a nine wicket margin. In the latter game Cheltenham made an imposing total of 271; the highlights here were a three wicket haul for George Chaffer and two for Ruairi Willis. Miles Hammond stepped to the fore once more in the St Edward’s reply to make an unbeaten 57 as the side was bowled out for 141. This period was leavened by a really positive display against the South Oxfordshire Amateurs, which ended in a draw. Chasing 247, the XI made 228 for 8. It was excellent to see Joe Barrett score his first century (104) for the School after a number of very promising knocks. As ever, the final week of term was packed with cricket. The first fixture was a tough trip to Denstone College, whose side made 261. It took some excellent control from the ever-reliable Miles Hammond to peg the hosts back after a blazing start to their innings; he went on to record his second six-wicket haul of the season. On a slow wicket the St Edward’s reply was well below par and a two and half hour bus journey home certainly concentrated the minds of the batsmen; in the three final games of the season better performances ensued. MCC declared on 202 for 7 with George Chaffer taking four wickets and Miles Hammond a further two. The reply was masterminded by another half century from Joe Barrett and a watchful unbeaten 40 for Oliver Smith. This game was played in an excellent spirit and a sensible declaration opened up the game; it is encouraging how the XI responded with maturity to keep calm and see the job through. After winning the toss and electing to bat at Radley in the final John Harvey Cup match, the XI produced its best batting performance of the season. 255 for 8 was a real team effort with George Chaffer making 66, Joe Barrett 46 and Ben Taylor 40. Radley started their innings with confidence and at 189 for 2 in the 37th it seemed as if they were coasting for victory. However, four wickets shared between Rupert Shipperley and Feroz Beg put them under pressure and at 220 for 6, with only five overs remaining, momentum had swung St Edward’s way. In the event Radley’s seventh wicket partnership and some less focused fielding from St Edward’s saw the home side cross the line with six balls remaining. The traditional end-of-season fixture against the Martyrs produced the sixth victory of the season. The Old Boys made 194 for 9 and in reply, having been 65 for 6, lower sixth formers Oliver Smith (56 not out) and Freddie Kerr-Dineen (53 not out) saw the side home with a 128 run partnership.


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The message of the season is almost certainly one of building for the future. This young side will undoubtedly mature. All of the young players in the side had their moments. Consistency is now the key for improved results. Certainly, as the following representative honours indicate, the talent is there. During the season Miles Hammond and Joe Barrett were selected for Gloucestershire’s 2nd XI against Sussex at Bristol. Both of these boys alongside Feroz Beg and Haider Bhatti have been selected for the South and West of England squad ahead of this year’s U15 Bunbury festival. We are also lucky to have secured the services of our Kiwi coach Rex Hooton for next season. From the very

start this season, his technical knowledge, patience and rapport with the boys have been second to none. It only remains for us to express gratitude to Chris Sandbach for his two seasons of insightful and innovative coaching and to Mark Stephenson for his dedication and eye for detail as Master in Charge of cricket. With his net bowling no longer available, the bowling machine will be more tired by the end of 2012! Finally, we owe a debt of gratitude to Bob Bowerman and his team for producing excellent wickets; to the catering team for the best match day hospitality on our circuit; to Mick Warren and ex-First Class umpire Ray Julian for their scoring and umpiring.

Batting Averages Innings

Not out

Runs

Average

Highest

H. A. Coles

19

3

529

33.06

115*

F. J. Kerr-Dineen

5

2

94

31.33

53*

J. H. Barrett

19

0

505

26.58

104

O.P.H. Smith

18

5

295

22.69

62*

G.E. J. Chaffer

18

1

362

21.29

66

M.A. Hammond

17

4

243

18.69

57*

F. Beg

19

0

311

16.37

52

B. A. Taylor

16

0

252

15.75

47

R. S. Shipperley

5

3

31

15.50

14

R. T. Willis

16

1

215

14.33

35

H. A. Bhatti

7

5

25

12.50

10*

A.S. Hargreaves

10

4

63

10.50

17

R.C. H. Everett

6

1

51

10.20

38

F. P. Simon

5

0

29

5.80

27

Also played: W.H. Bull DNB; J.F. Connolly DNB; C. M. Dickinson 28*, 4, 0*; J.B. Fairhurst 0, 0; J.C. Fenner 8*; H.J. Kennedy; J.E.S. Machin DNB; O.C. Oakley DNB, W.J. Oakley 9*, 0; A. J. Spratling DNB, R.J. Wise 8*

Bowling Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wickets

Average

Best

M. A. Hammond

185

29

736

34

21.65

6-31

G. E. J. Chaffer

108

13

442

16

27.63

4-42

R. T. Willis

119

4

537

18

29.83

4-14

F. P. Simon

37

3

171

5

34.20

2-18

A.S. Hargreaves

78

8

368

9

40.89 2-22

H. A. Bhatti

63

5

259

6

43.17

2-45

F. Beg

101

10

512

10

51.20

2-37

Also bowled: J.H. Barrett 14-0-90-2; W.H. Bull 6-1-37-0; J. F. Connolly 9-1-44-0; H.A. Coles 10-2-53-0; J.B. Fairhurst 6-2-16-2; J.E.S. Machin 9-0-35-0; R.S. Shipperley 46-3-208-3; O.P. H. Smith 14-0-74-3; A.J. Spratling 5-0-29-0; B.A. Taylor 2-0-15-1; R. J. Wise 36-2-158-2

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2nd XI James Connolly had a new bat and was willing to show it was worth every penny. A few boundaries later and a hero was born.

The 2nd XI remains perhaps the hardest of all school teams to manage. The eleven who take the field vary from week to week and those who wear the shirt are often not confirmed until the very last minute. External examinations, 1st XI call ups and post A-Level parties seem to make selection a lottery. However, the way in which the 2nd XI boys play their cricket means that the frustrations of the situation outlined are more than made up for by watching players develop and enjoy themselves. In the first fixture of the season we played a win/lose/draw fixture against Rugby and the boys managed to gain a very ‘winning’ draw. Batting first St Edward’s scored 205 for 6 with James Fenner (33), Will Oakley (41), Rupert Shipperley (38*) and Freddie Simon (59) all cashing in on an excellent early season batting surface. Unfortunately due to the game restrictions, there was too little time to bowl Rugby out but they finished on 130/8 and the 2nd XI juggernaut was well and truly pulling out of the station. Now in full momentum, the side travelled to Bradfield and fielded perhaps one of the strongest 2nd XI teams ever with a number of promising Colts making their senior debuts. As one would expect, Bradfield were dispatched with relative ease and once again Will Oakley showed his promise scoring an excellent 73. With our confidence high, Harrow visited Upper One and bought the juggernaught to a fairly prompt and completely unscheduled halt. Dismissed for 102 in 35 overs, Teddies were always up against it and a classy batting performance from Harrow ensured they left with the spoils, ending on 103/4 after only 26 overs. The following two fixtures were local derbies versus MCS and Abingdon and the aim was to ensure local bragging rights and get the season back on track. Part ‘A’ of the

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plan came together as MCS were brushed aside with Will Oakley again passing the half century mark (74) and Rupert Shipperley playing a rather romantic supporting role finishing on 38 not out. Sadly part ‘B’ of the plan came undone when we met a very strong Abingdon XI. A fast finish to the innings by Angus Spratling and Oliver Oakley could not provide St Edward’s with enough of a total and Abingdon reached the target with an over to spare. The highlight of the season was perhaps the excellent victory in a 30 over game at Winchester. Set 130 to win it looked as if St Edward’s had paced their innings too slowly and 20 runs were needed off the final two overs. Luckily James Connolly had a new bat and was willing to show it was worth every penny. A few boundaries later and a hero was born. The juggernaut was again gathering pace. As with every 2nd XI season the second half of term needs little air time. Examinations leave the squad down to the bare bones and suddenly what was a strong team looks like a collection of stragglers and all the hopes are placed in the hands of a few batsmen and one or two bowlers. This is hardly the recipe for success when we need to bowl a minimum of 35 overs at the opposition! The side failed to record a victory after half term but the boys played with pride and never gave up. Will Oakley was the top run-scorer for the season and was often accompanied at the crease by the unsung hero, Freddie Kerr-Dineen. Freddie batted, bowled and even kept wicket and I am sure he will be a fine 1st XI player in his final year. James Fenner played his second full season in the 2nd XI and is proof of the high standard of cricket in the school. He is a great opening batsman, a fine captain and I thank him for his efforts.


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Colts A

Unfortunately, it has not been one of the greatest of cricketing years for the 3rd XI in terms of results, but I have been most impressed with some of the players who have turned up time after time, given it their all and never once looked downbeat. This commitment to the team, especially from the captain Alex Burns, has meant there has never been a dull moment, and even on occasions it meant that this author was in tears of laughter whilst attempting to umpire (thank you Messrs Adcock, Brooks, Instone and Mynheer). The finest cricketing moment came unfortunately when I was away from the game, during the Cheltenham match. The team held Cheltenham to 125 runs, with Charlie Harris picking up a superb 7 for 21, made even more special when his chosen sport for the summer was tennis. The team came close to its first win of the season, eventually losing by just eight runs. Next year, I hope that this Gentlemen’s XI will be reborn, go about the circuit with the air of dignity and win more often than not.

The Colts A cricket season is always a little disjointed on account of GCSE exams. When the boys got to play together as a complete unit it was a privilege that yielded different results. The first of three fixtures was away to Bradfield where our depleted bowling attack was put to the sword. Despite an accomplished 50 from Charlie Everett and 30 from Max Holland we very much came second in the game. We then played Harrow, always a strong side, whom we bowled out for 170 but we were unable to chase down their total as their opening bowlers tore though our upper order. Our final fixture against Marlborough was an excellent occasion, and allowed the boys to show off their abilities. It was a 50-over game in which we batted very sensibly and knocked up 209, thanks to 48 from Everett and 57 from Tom Lord. We then bowled Marlborough out for 89 through some genuine pace bowling from James Connolly and an excellent spell from Jack Morland. The game was a great way to end the season and has hopefully given the boys a taste of things to come next year.

An XI A whole host of boys was selected to represent “An XI” in a number of different fixtures ranging from pre-season warm-ups, local derbies against Wolvercote CC and also a friendly against Australians. “An XI” (in its adopted guise of a ‘Development XI’) hosted a Wolvercote CC XI on Easter Sunday and won convincingly, thanks in no small part to 44 and 31 from the bats of Harry Kennedy and Ruairi Willis respectively and a burst of five wickets for twelve runs from Chris Asembo. The very next day the same side travelled to Uppingham. In spite of brotherly heroics from Will and Oliver Oakley, who recorded a 70 run partnership, defeat by 57 runs was the outcome of the game. The tone then changed to the T20 format with two evening matches against XIs from Wolvercote CC. In the first encounter St Edward’s bowled Wolvercote out for 126; Oliver Fairhurst shone here with an impressive haul of 5 for 20. St Edward’s crossed the line in the gloom with a straight six from Max Holland, which followed some very sensible batting and excellent running from Jack Fairhurst, who scored 52. The second match saw a reversal; St Edward’s lost by 17 runs, yet the silver lining came in the form of a superb 63 from Max Holland. The final game of the season was a declaration game in which a strong side of Yearlings, Junior Colts and Colts A players (and Freddie Kerr-Dineen) hosted a side on tour from Ivanhoe Grammar School in Melbourne. This game turned out to be a cracker. St Edward’s declared on 210 for 5 with Joe Barrett making 49, Ruairi Willis 44, Freddie Kerr-Dineen an unbeaten 39 and Miles Hammond 30 not out. The game seemed to be slipping away from St Edward’s as the opposition raced to 124 for no loss, before a collapse unfolded. Four wickets from Ruairi Willis and three from Haider Bhatti saw the opposition reduced to 200 for 9 in the last over, which was a tense affair. Haider Bhatti strove to claim the last Ivanhoe wicket but their eleventh batsman held firm; a draw was probably a fair result and the game was an excellent advert for declaration cricket. I wish all of the players who represented “An XI” all the very best; indeed, some of these characters who remain in the school have the potential to make a pronounced mark in seasons to come.

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Junior Colts A XI In many ways the season was rather frustrating, with results not adequately reflecting the team’s ability. The talent was there but sustained focus and real determination were lacking at times. There were many occasions in which we were in strong positions before allowing the game to slip away from us. Jamie Machin’s captaincy improved with each game and he was excellent in encouraging the team, particularly when things were not going according to plan. The bulk of the bowling was in the hands of captain Machin, Will Cornish and Tom Isola. These boys were backed up by Alex Ramos and Alfie Nickerson. However, it was when the ‘big three’ were not performing at their best that we looked rather exposed. Without doubt the team needed at least one more front-line bowler. The batting at times looked quite strong and Alfie Nickerson and Tom Isola formed a strong and productive opening partnership. There were times, however, when the calling and running were reminiscent of Compton and Edrich. It was said that their calling was merely “a basis for negotiation”. Jamie Machin made a number of impressive starts but never quite fulfilled his potential with the bat. Will Cornish put in some strong performances, never allowing bowlers to dominate, and he looks an exciting prospect. Freddie Moore-Hobbis also contributed well and I am sure that he will go from strength to strength. One of the most pleasing aspects of the season was the improvement of Will Ball behind the stumps. I think it is fair to say that at the start of the season he looked a competent stopper. By the end of the season he was showing real skill and he took some amazing catches. Will is certainly one to watch. The fielding could be impressive but there were also occasions when we leaked runs. Tom Isola and Freddie Moore-Hobbis were particularly sharp in the covers.

We performed well in the match against Bradfield. Chasing 213, the boys kept up the attack and ended on 197 for 4. Alfie Nickerson scored a rousing 71 not out. Another highlight was the match against MCS. After scoring 183 for 5 in 33 overs we bowled the opposition out for 80 in 24.3 overs; a very convincing win. The fixture against Cheltenham was a very interesting contest. After 20 overs Cheltenham’s boys were 63 for 4, but we then lost focus and the opposition ended on 173 for 7 in 39 overs. Yet, despite losing early wickets against a very strong attack, St Edward’s held on at 98 for 7 to claim a draw. The man of the match was certainly Tom Isola, who, after taking 3 for 35 off some 15 overs, then batted with courage and determination to be unbeaten on 38 at stumps. In this rearguard action Tom was ably backed up by Alfie Nickerson and Tom Letch. During the season we were invited to play Eton’s Junior Colts A side. For this match the side was strengthened by the four fourth formers who represent the 1st XI. Even so, we never quite mastered the pace of the wicket, which was rather slower than we were used to as we lost three vital wickets playing too soon and being caught at mid-off. Thanks mainly to Joe Barrett (43), St Edward’s made 136. This total was never quite going to be enough and Eton surpassed it for the loss of six wickets. This was an excellent outing played in exactly the right spirit by two very capable teams. Will Ball had an excellent match behind the stumps. I enjoyed coaching this group; they are delightful boys and I am sure that many are destined to play some valuable parts in senior XIs for St Edward’s. I will, however, leave with these thoughts: “The harder you practice, the easier the game will seem. Sides do not just walk out onto the pitch and win – they work hard and they try to make it happen”. Farewell and good luck.

Junior Colts B The Junior Colts of 2011 struggled as a whole year group when it came to cricket. Four of their number featured heavily for the school 1st XI and as a result a talent vacuum was created that affected the Bs in particular. The results of the season show one win, one draw and nine losses; however, a great amount was learnt and gained by all that took part. In fact, never have eleven cricketers provided me with such entertainment on the field. From Jonty Barrie and Danny Olashore’s partnership at Bradfield, to Jake Walls’ unlimited enthusiasm for an appeal, to Milo Browne being bowled twice in the same over off no balls, or Harry Keen’s bustling 92, there really were some moments to savour. My favourite though has to go to my most improved player, Charles Wright. Charles had never represented St Edward’s at cricket before this season and away at Harrow he came in to bat under some pressure. Greeting me at the non-striker’s end, he turned to me and said ‘Sir, I’m so keen for runs today, I’m just itching to get off the mark’, at which point Harry Keen belted a perfectly straight drive back down the wicket, the bowler touched it onto the stumps, and poor Charles was run out backing up too far: a moment that summed up the season perfectly – great enthusiasm, but ultimately doomed. I enjoyed coaching these boys immensely and wish them all the cricketing success in the world next season.

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Junior Colts C XI Trying to put together a JCC team is often like trying to suck the last drips from a milkshake. This year the antithesis has been the case. The squad has been bubbling with enthusiasm and they have played every fixture with verve and commitment. With incredible captaincy from the mighty Cosmo Leigh the side has gone from strength to strength and bounced back from a thrashing against Marlborough to thrash Cheltenham College by 107 runs (Harries-Jones 87). Losing to Eton on the last ball galvinised the team to defeat Abingdon and the boys were unlucky to lose to Radley after matching their run rate all game but sadly running out of wickets at the final hurdle. It has been a pleasure to run a team which might not consist of the best cricketers in the school but which is composed of some of the greatest pupils in England who love cricket, give it their all and remain professional, mature and very enthusiastic, all season long throughout the high points and the low.

Yearlings A XI I have always considered it a real privilege to coach Yearlings cricket on Chestnut, and this season has proved no exception. The boys have worked tirelessly and our tiered arena has once again provided the venue for some wonderfully contested games of cricket; an enormous amount of credit must go the boys who have participated in these matches. However, defeat by 70 runs at Rugby and ten runs at home to Bradfield in our first two matches of the season suggested that my pre season optimism might have been a little unfounded; this was not to be. Travelling away to Harrow is never going to be an easy fixture for a team low on confidence, but to our enormous credit we produced an emphatic six wicket victory. Commendations must go to Angus Knott for an excellent spell which at one stage saw him take four wickets in four overs for four runs and Calvin Dickinson, whose 81 runs proved to be vital in helping us chase down the 146 runs needed for victory. With a spring in our step and our awareness in the field improving we travelled the short distance to local rivals MCS. Batting first we posted a very competitive total of 188 in our 32 overs, with notable contributions coming from Will Bull (41 not out), Calvin Dickinson (55) and Angus Knott (79 not out). Tom Lotter then showed glimpses of his substantial potential with a devastating opening spell of 4 for 10. MCS never recovered from this and despite battling to 105 couldn’t prevent us from winning by 83 runs. Next up was Bedford at home and for the first time in the season we played a win, lose, draw format sharing 70 overs with a maximum of 36 overs available to the side batting first. With Will Bull cleverly manipulating the field and his bowling options, we managed to restrict a powerful Bedford team to 162 for 9 off 36 overs. After bowling remarkably well in a rain-soaked training session Felix Samengo-Turner stepped gracefully into our bowling attack, and in this game he was unquestionably the pick of our bowlers, taking 4 for 24 in his six overs. Our innings got off to a great start with Dickinson (39) and Pennington (64) bullying the Bedford attack in admirable style. However, they couldn’t quite guide us home and four ducks in succession left us needing six runs with one wicket remaining in the last over – all three results were a possibility. Unfortunately we couldn’t quite squeeze home, and the hoards of spectators on Chestnut’s banks were left in limbo as the game was drawn.

Local rivals Abingdon presented the next challenge and we produced an emphatic performance to defeat them by six wickets. Bowling first we again managed to restrict our opposition to 160 runs on what was a very fast outfield. Felix Samengo-Turner was once again the pick of the bowlers with a spell of 5 for 39 from his seven overs. The irrepressible Dickinson set the tone for our chase scoring 97 not out to ensure we won with six overs remaining. In the last game before half term we played away at Winchester and our disciplined approach in the field and with the ball saw us dismiss our opposition for an under-par score of 92 runs. The impressive Sam Kennedy deserves special mention here; after taking a breathtaking one handed catch, he came on to bowl a characteristically tight spell taking 2 for 21 off his six overs. Sam Gillingham (38 not out) and Louis Pennington (26 not out) were instrumental in our reply, guiding us home to win by nine wickets with twelve overs to spare. Losing to Marlborough is always a bitter pill to swallow but the game of cricket was undoubtedly the winner on this occasion. Batting first we posted an intimidating total of 200 with Calvin Dickinson posting the first century on Chestnut (128) since 1994. Unfortunately our bowling lacked discipline and despite having Marlborough reeling at 50 for 4 we were not able to contain our opponents’ middle order batsmen who scored freely on the small Chestnut outfield. Marlborough snuck home after requiring three runs from the last over with one wicket remaining. After adapting our training to suit the demands of 20/20 cricket we travelled to Stowe to take them on in this shorter form of the game. We won the toss and decided to bat. By taking quick singles and punishing the bad ball we were able to accumulate 134 runs from our 20 overs, with valuable contributions coming from Ed Kinman (20) and Charlie Shipperley (28). Our bowlers, and Tom Lotter in particular, then produced something special; it took us just eight overs to bowl Stowe out for a meagre 26 runs. The field placings were perfect and the bowlers’ lines and lengths were exemplary for this form of the game. Tom Lotter deserves a special mention – from his four overs he took six wickets for just seven runs, a truly fantastic example of what happens when a bowler pitches the ball up at pace, with five of his victims being bowled. An away fixture at Cheltenham is never an easy game but after doing brilliantly to hold Cheltenham to 110 off 30 overs the boys momentarily lost focus and conceded 59 runs in the last five overs. This proved to be a real blow to our confidence and the excellent bowling of Knott taking 2 for 17 off seven overs and Samengo-Turner 3 for 17 off seven overs suggests that we should have restricted Cheltenham to a smaller total. In response we lost early wickets and despite the best efforts of our captain Will Bull we eventually finished up seventeen runs short. This game was a real lesson to the boys and showed that in order to win close games a side must have a collective focus throughout. Our last game of the season was at home to local rivals Radley. St Edward’s batted first and again lost early wickets to leave us reeling at 34 for 4. Great resilience was then shown to ensure that we had a defendable total of 157-9 off 36 overs. In response, requiring 5.5 runs per over, Radley started slowly and some superb bowling from Lotter and Bull meant the run rate crept up to 6.5 per over. However, Radley measured their run chase well and eventually managed to chase our total down with two balls to spare. This was desperately disappointing, but once again the side should be commended on their fielding and determination to win as a team.

Collectively and individually, fielding is largely a matter of thoughts and discipline. J. N. Rhodes

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It has been a tremendous pleasure to coach this side and I sincerely hope that they have learnt from the practices and matches that they have taken part in this term. A record of five wins, a draw and five defeats is certainly respectable. A very bright future lies ahead for this team.

Yearlings B XI This group of players was great fun to work with and ended up with a solid record of five wins and six losses on a tough circuit. Frustratingly the record could have been outstanding but for the fact that we let one player on the opposition team dominate the batting at least three times. The first game was in some ways the best as it came down to a last ball boundary scored by Ed Kinman to beat Rugby by four wickets. He scored 58 and he had been very ably supported by Max Adcock with 53. They were both immediately promoted to the ‘A’ side but Max would return later in the season to great effect. Scoring runs was rarely a problem for this team; the top six all had the ability to time the ball and play positive attacking cricket on good pitches and fast outfields. Against Bradfield, Felix Samengo-Turner hit a lovely 53 while Luke de Ferran, opening the batting, scored 44 and saw the innings through to an excellent win by six wickets. Our bowlers were good at exerting pressure with tight bowling, Harry Nicholl excelling in this regard and the catches of Damon Young and Will Anthony-Jones were spectacular. Behind the stumps, Jack Gordon-Colebrook was stopping everything: well, he gave away one bye against Bradfield while their keeper let twenty through! All good things must come to an end and a Harrow batsman put us to the sword the next game with a century. We did not react quickly enough to his skills and if I can give one piece of advice it is to the fielders who must at times be prepared to stay on the boundary and cut down the batsmen’s scoring chances.

However, we came storming back against MCS where Harry took 3 for 9 and captain Toby Cornish murdered the leg-side bowling for a swift 41 while Doug Woolfenden, the most stylish of our batsmen, scored a fine 40: a great win by seven wickets. Doug struck a beautiful 62 in the next game against Bedford but again we had let one of their batsmen get far too many runs. Toby was a good captain with the respect of his players; he manipulated the bowling at his disposal better than any other captain I have seen at this level, and his striking of the cricket ball could be fearsome. He followed his MCS performance with 46 against Abingdon and 38 against Winchester. The latter was another good win: Max Adcock came back and bowled his swing with pace and aggression. Jack in the middle order was also patiently amassing runs. The match versus Marlborough made me cross as we had the opposition at 80 for 6 but then noticeably relaxed and stopped concentrating. They scored another 100 without loss and dismissed us for 106. Now George English was the keeper and taking excellent catches and stumpings, why didn’t we get Marlborough out for fewer than 100? Never mind… Other players of great merit were coming through: Manny Ezekiel’s pace was right up there, but he needed to put the ball there too; on the other hand, his off-side driving with a strong left-hand punch was fantastic to watch. The most satisfying victory I think came against Cheltenham in the penultimate match of the season. Max and Doug put on 100 and then George Henry bowling clever in-duckers using the Cheltenham slope took 4 for 20: a win by 30 runs against a team which had scored some notable victories themselves. A veil must, as often, be drawn over the final game versus Radley. They won, but English’s redoubtable 47 will live in the memory. There were not as many training opportunities this season but I really enjoyed working with this group of players and also wish to mention Alex Shaper, James Holdsworth and Simon Brookes for their hard efforts, talents and loyalty to the team. Good luck to them all for future seasons.

Yearlings C XI Although the overall ledger of three wins from ten games does not necessarily suggest a vintage season, it is fair to say that the three victories were well won and that all the other matches, bar one, were competitive and close. The matches lost were all to schools bigger than St Edward’s which have more boys from which to select. The team was captained well by George English at the beginning of the season and Gaurav Vaswani at the end. Notable performances were bowling Bedford out for 84 and Rugby for 77. Eliott Thomas bowled well, claiming four wickets on two occasions and five wickets on another. The leading run scorers were Simon Brookes (33), Guy McQueen (34 at Harrow), Billy Slater (34 against Harrow) and George English (45 against MCS).

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Rowing 1st VIII With the arrival of some exciting new blood in the lower sixth and the decision to include the J16’s in the selection for the 1st VIII, the senior rowing group set out to return St Edward’s to Championship level. As usual in the Autumn Term numbers were low but we were able to boat an eight when desired to go with our small boat work. Through the term, tougher events and opposition were deliberately sought. The group raced at Reading Small Boats Head, Pangbourne Junior Sculls, Weybridge Silver Sculls, Wallingford 8’s Head and GB Trials. Although only one win was recorded, Callum Jones in J16 sculls at Reading SBH, there were many positives. Standout performances came from Cameron MacRitchie, George Adams, John Pastre, Callum Jones and Paddy Hinton in J18 coxed fours at Reading SBH, narrowly missing the win due to a substantial change in wind conditions between divisions, and Titus Morley, Sam Macdonald-Smith, Mikey Dicks, Sam Baring and Hamish Brewster in J16 coxed fours at Wallingford Head - an excellent performance from a scratch crew of rugby players and a clear sign of what was to come from them later. Our fastest sculler was Callum Jones although Cameron MacRitchie struck first, beating Callum at Reading. Callum fought back to beat Cam at Weybridge before concluding the small boats season by beating Cam in the GB Junior trials. Trying to improve on the previous season with a boost to fitness levels, a cross-country ski camp in the Christmas holidays was added to the programme. As an incentive to boost base fitness levels, the trip was made by invitation only. The group responded as hoped, including the rugby playing rowers, and we took 12 boys away not including Cameron and Callum who had been invited on to the GB Junior Team training Camp. January saw the rugby playing rowers join the group full time, boosting numbers and enabling us to plan for a 2nd VIII. Rather than go straight in to trials to pick the 1st VIII we boated two equal eights and trained them against each other with the ultimate aim of a confrontation at Wycliffe 8’s Head.

Unfortunately Wycliffe was cancelled due to bad weather and the chance of a meaningful battle was lost. The VIII for the Schools Head was selected a few days later after seat racing at Dorney Lake, along with a 2nd VIII. At the Schools Head the VIII had a good row to move up from last year’s 35th to 13th overall. A slight error in pacing saw them lose five seconds to the crew immediately in front of them in the last two minutes of the race. Margins are very small in this race and even by just maintaining their boat speed to the line and not losing those five seconds would have given them an 8th place finish. The 2nd VIII had a solid row finishing 8th in its category and looked good to pursue its aim of being as fast as the 2010 VIII. Unfortunately, even a crew that could have challenged for a medal in its class at the National Schools Regatta was deemed not worthy of being in by two of our upper sixth boys who withdrew from the squad – so this was the one and only time the 2nd VIII raced. After an Easter holiday training camp based at St Edward’s and rowing in Wallingford, the VIII started the Summer Term having made some significant technical progress. The remainder of the 2nd VIII squad regrouped and a coxed four and J16 pair were formed. We chose to race at Wallingford and Nottingham City Regattas. Unfortunately racing at Wallingford was abandoned part way through the regatta due to high wind, leaving Nottingham City as our only warm up for National Schools. Through the day we raced all our National Schools entries with Cameron MacRitchie and Callum Jones winning J18 pairs and Ed Bloomfield, Freddie Myatt, George Adams, John Pastre and Paddy Hinton winning J18 coxed fours. Fortunately the boys experienced everything National Schools would throw at them (three races, very rough and, at times, unfair conditions) and still produced a great performance at the end of a long day against a men’s crew from Royal Chester in Senior 2 eights, narrowly losing out in a humdinger of a race.

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The aim for National Schools was to make the final of Championship Eights. After an appalling row in the heat the eight found themselves in the repechage, a position they may well have been in anyway but with a better heat position they would have drawn a better lane. By this point the races were being seeded, giving the best lanes to the fastest crews from the heat. We were the third fastest crew in to the repechage so got the third best lane and finished 3rd but needed to finish second to make the final. 7th overall was short of our target but the beating of Hampton, St Paul’s, King’s Chester and Kingston Grammar School, all top 10 finishers at the Schools Head, confirmed that considerable progress was being made. Reading and Marlow Regattas featured in the lead up to Henley Royal Regatta. After re-charging their batteries over half term the boys came back and in training produced their fastest work to date and looked forward to the first event, Reading and the challenge of a side by side race with Shrewsbury, 3rd at SHoRR and 5th at NSR. The boys charged out of the blocks and led for 1200 of the 1500m course before being unable to answer the repeated attacks from Shrewsbury. Although defeated this was a huge step taken by this young crew, three fifth form, three lower and three upper sixth, one of whom was Paddy Hinton, the cox. Marlow Regatta awaited them. The evening before Marlow the VIII attended the School Sports dinner where they witnessed on DVD the still aweinspiring feat of guest speaker Jonny Searle winning his Olympic Gold Medal in Barcelona in 1992. The VIII were nominated for Team of the Year. Captain of Boats, Cameron MacRitchie, received Sportsman of the Year for his exploits in GB colours. At Marlow and with the inspirational words and actions of Jonny Searle in their minds they rowed maturely and efficiently to

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win their heat of Senior 3 eights. The final produced their finest performance of the season. In rough tail wind conditions the eight led from the first stroke. They executed the new race plan to the letter, pulling away right up to the finish line to win by 9 seconds in the same time as the Radley, 2nd at Schools Head and 3rd at National Schools. Even taking the times with a pinch of salt, progress was still being made. On to the last event of the season: Henley Royal Regatta. The boys dispatched Reading Blue Coat School with ease on Wednesday. More effort was required to beat a doggedly determined Kingston G.S. and reach the quarter finals for the first time since 2003 and set up a clash with Schools Head winners and event favourites, Abingdon School. The boys rose to the challenge, leading to the ¼ mile post and ruffling a few feathers in the opposition boat. Both crews settled to 36 but Abingdon had the slightly higher boat speed and started to inch away. Both maintained 36 to the mile post where Abingdon lead by 3 lengths, they dropped to 33 through the enclosures and the VIII pulled back reducing the margin to 2 lengths. Abingdon went on to win the event, breaking a 19 year old course record on the way. My thanks as always go to John Wiggins and Senior Squad coaching partner Peter Rudge as well as to the ever-supportive and understanding parents. But my biggest thanks go to the boys who represented St Edward’s this season for their unrivalled levels of dedication to the cause and for the fantastic results they achieved. Jonathan Singfield 2011 1st VIII: Cameron MacRitchie, Callum Jones, Freddie Myatt, George Adams, Titus Morley, Sam Macdonald-Smith, John Pastre, Ed Bloomfield, coxed by Paddy Hinton.


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GB Rowing After a break in 2010 from seeking selection to the Great Britain Junior Rowing Team, I decided we had several boys who had a realistic chance of selection or at least gaining some experience to build on for a stronger challenge next season. Cameron MacRitchie, Callum Jones, Freddie Myatt, Ed Bloomfield and George Adams started the process in October with a 2000m ergo test, went through two long distance water trials and two more ergo tests. At this point further progress was by invitation only. After strong performances in single sculls and then as a pair Cam and Callum were invited to attend the Easter Trials. This gave them their first taste of the gruelling seat racing process that would ultimately select the Great Britain teams come the summer. The boys performed well throughout, Cam finishing 7th on strokeside and Callum 9th on bowside. As a result of this performance Cam was selected to row for GB at the Munich Junior Regatta, winning bronze and silver medals over the weekend. With a pairs regatta and two more ergo tests completed, Cam and Callum were invited to attend the final trials after Henley. Again, the boys raced superbly and at the end of the five day selection process Callum had leapt up to 1st on bowside, Cam equal 2nd on strokeside. After further assessment Callum was chosen to stroke the coxless four and Cam was to stroke the eight for the Junior World Championships. The four raced hard through the heat and repechage to make the semi final, showing they had the boat speed to match any crew but were lacking the cohesion to sustain it. This

proved to be their undoing in the semi final too. Though in the first two places for 1800m, they got passed in the last 200m to finish 4th. A 10th place finish for the four was a frustrating end to what has been a fantastic season for Callum. He has performed magnificently throughout and achieved the rare feat of representing his country in a Junior 18 event at the age of 16 – in fact, only two days after his sixteenth birthday – giving him two more seasons to build on what he has achieved this season. After a successful training camp, Cam’s eight started the Regatta as the No.1 boat in the GB team and duly demonstrated this by winning their heat and progressing straight to the final. The heats pushed forward Italy, Germany and GB as the medal contenders in the final and that’s how it panned out. Italy blasted out of the blocks to lead immediately, tracked closely by Germany then GB. A strong rhythm and a big push through the middle of the race saw GB move through Germany in to the silver medal position but they couldn’t close down the Italians. To the line GB continued to move away from Germany but the Italians maintained their form superbly to win the gold, GB the silver and Germany the bronze. Over the last eighteen months Cam has shown all the ingredients needed to be a top class athlete including dedication, organisation, mental toughness and an open mind. This representation and silver medal should make him very proud and leave him in no doubt that with the same approach bigger and better success will come. I look forward to reading about it. Jonathan Singfield

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Captain of Boats, Cameron MacRitchie adds his reflections on the process: Getting selected for the GB team was the culmination of 9 months of brutal assessments and hard work which most of Teddies never see. After final trials I was equal second top strokesider; however, I always wanted to stroke the eight which thankfully happened. We spent 10 days at Pangbourne doing 3 sessions a day, and on the water up to 40km and more a day which wore everyone out. We were allowed one night at home to get our kit washed. Then we went to Caversham for another 10 days which is where the senior team train. Here we did a 2km time trial and were just 4 seconds off the junior world record for JM8+. We knew we were very fast and left the training camp as the top GB boat. We won our heat easily against USA, Czech Republic and Spain. Our final was going to be between us Germany and Italy. We did not have our best start but gradually we got back into our rhythm in the second km as we clocked the fastest 3rd and 4th 500m’s and rowed through Germany to get the silver medal. Cameron MacRitchie with silver medal

J16 and Senior 2nd squad With the unfortunate demise of the 2nd eight the school second boat was reduced to a coxed four but this crew, Patrick Burrows, Alex Knott, Stephen Macfarlane, Alex Simmonds and Jake Mitson, responded well to this setback and developed through the year into a very successful unit. Their highlights include a demolition of their opposition in the heat to reach the final of their event at Nottingham City regatta where they came 4th in a senior event, and a 3rd place at Marlow regatta where they beat crews from Kent and Lancaster Universities, only beaten by crews from Dublin and Bath Universities. Their most impressive event, however, was their superb effort at the National Schools Regatta where they finished 5th in school coxed fours. They excelled in finishing only half a length behind the 4th place crew in a race where they really raised their game from semi final to final. To finish 5th from an initial entry of 24 was an excellent result. With several J16’s in the 1st eight this year it was left to Sam Baring and Mikey Dicks to fly the J16 flag in a coxless pair. This they did superbly in a season that saw them successful at the very highest level. Their first race was at Nottingham City Regatta where they raced against several adult crews who were both far stronger and more experienced. Their 3rd place here gave them confidence going into the focus of the year, the National Schools Regatta. The boys went into this as one of the favourites for a medal and they did not disappoint. The day was blighted by gale force winds and exceptionally rough water and saw the race shortened to 1000m. This didn’t faze them and they came away with a silver medal beaten only by two boys from Hampton school who went onto the Junior World Championships despite only being J16’s. The boys’ stylish rowing in such difficult conditions was testament to their skill and toughness. Further reward came with nomination (along 150  |  St Edward’s Chronicle 2010/11

with the 1st VIII) and commendation for team of the year for the school’s annual sports awards. Following this success the next target for the J16’s was to gain selection for the J16 Great Britain team for the match against the French that summer. Mikey Dicks and Sam Baring trialled in two events, firstly in the pair but they were also joined by Sam Macdonald-Smith, Titus Morley and Hamish Brewster to trial in the coxed four as well. The trials day itself was a tremendous success. The pair of Mikey and Sam confirmed that their success at National Schools was no fluke and won their trial impressively. This success was just the start of a long and tough day of trialling. By the end of it all five boys had earned selection as half of the Great Britain eight with four boys from Radley. Being selected for the Great Britain team is an incredible achievement but for Mikey Dicks and Sam Baring to have the luxury of being selected in two events and being able to choose which they preferred reinforces how successful they had been. Following the end of term the boys met up with their Radley counterparts for a week of preparation before the match against the French which took place in London. The match format saw 13 races with the French and the eight is the final race of the day. Representing your country is always a high-pressure moment but as the boys boated for their race the score was 6-6. Their race was to be the crucial decider. The tension on the start was palpable but the boys rose to the occasion and raced with aggression and confidence. With the legendary coolness and focus of Sam Macdonald-Smith and Titus Morley one would expect nothing less! They demolished the French in one of the most impressive performances of the day, a superb end to a very successful year in which they performed successfully at the very highest level possible for their age group.


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J15 Boys The year commenced in my absence with coaches Rachel Adams and the Warden taking a crew each; a promising start was made and encouraging numbers enabled two trial 8s to practise for the first half of the spring term. The J15 year is perennially difficult and this year group was no exception, the squad suffering from a lack of clear commitment from some members and disorganisation from others. The crew that raced at the Schools Head was not as well prepared as coach or crew would have liked but at least a baseline performance was set. There followed an excellent training camp at Wallingford at the end of the Easter holiday but sadly not attended by the whole crew and I now wonder whether it might have been better to stick with that crew for the whole term. While the A squad worked around 10 or 12 boys as absence demanded replacements, a larger group of boys was working quietly on rowing and sculling skills in various boat types under the expert guidance of Rachel Adams and Tony Snell. Much thanks go to them for their support and indeed to the Warden, Andrew Trotman whose considerable experience was not wasted, whether with A or C level crews. The run up to the National Schools Regatta was good and reflected in a solid if unspectacular fourth place in the semi-finals, putting us about half way up the league table of J15 crews - a credit to the boys for a great improvement on the position at the Schools Head. We had high hopes for the second half of term and our revised target of Reading Town Regatta but they were effectively dashed by a dreadful lack of continuity in preparation. In the last vital week one key member of the crew was missing from each practice! Lost kit, injury on the golf course and (avoidable) academic clashes being three of the reasons given. Thus at Reading the A coxed four went down fighting in a race against Radley’s best while the B four won their first race in

great style and with the fastest time of the day. Lack of fitness, however, let them down and they were unable to raise their game to the same level in the final. The VIII was outgunned in a morning race by Pangbourne’s excellent A crew. It was perhaps typical of the external pressures faced by these chaps that, immediately racing was over, two members of the crew were whisked off to Wales by a very long suffering Mum for a D of E canoeing expedition while throughout the week exams had also been putting chaps under considerable pressure. The potential within the squad is undoubtedly there and matching the previous year’s excellence was always possible. The difference was the utter determination of all nine members in 2010 but, sadly, in 2011 the approach was too often halfhearted with even the keenest brought low by the delays and time-wasting of the inconsiderate and less determined. Individual members of the crew rowed superbly but inconsistently and the A four of McGrath, Benfield, Ford and Kelly could have gone on to great things had the season been longer. Freddie Moore was an outstanding member of the squad and deserves huge commendation, not least for stepping in to cox in the final weeks. Will Arrowsmith, Josh McKnight and Jamie Kaye could not be faulted in the B crew while others missed out on the benefits of regular and consistent training, making it difficult to maintain the quality and high rates necessary over regatta courses. That said, others remain great prospects for the future. Angus Denne will, in time, develop into a great cox. A difficult and challenging season for the J15 boys left feelings of frustration all round as potential was far from fulfilled. However, I enjoyed coaching them all and wish them every success as they move upwards and onwards. NVB

J14 Boys It is risky to compare any one year with what has gone before and even more hazardous to start building hopes on the strength of it but a large core of this year’s shell rowing boys offer much for the sustained growth of rowing at Teddies. Not only do we already have a couple of huge lads, capable of sculling well and working hard, but they are backed by some technically sound, determined and fearsome racers all of whom are growing. Helping all of these young men to get the most from the river were my co-coaches, Ed Clark, Ricky Sansom (OSE) and for the early part of the year, Marcus Joy. A great team effort kept me and the boys going throughout the year.  With the shell circus rowing sessions early in the autumn term the boys are provided with an early taste of the sport. For a keen few, sculling then continues after rugby sessions for as long as the weather and light permit. I cannot understate the value of this in preparation for the mass start in January. We were further helped this year by a group of competent scullers who had garnered some of the essentials in life before Teddies and while very few of these were to end up sculling in the A boat, they were invaluable in setting good quality standards of technique for the bigger athletes to follow and emulate. Credit then to Messrs. Stern, Pawley, Marsh and Evans! Also at this point, Sam HamiltonPeach and Albert Mitchell must be mentioned, possessing both size and skill; it is no coincidence that our successful crews have all featured these two young men.

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NSR Crew from bow: Matt Carmedy, George Dobson, Oscar von Hannover, Magnus Spiers, Albert Mitchell, Sam Hamilton-Peach, Freddie Bickers, Oli Cobbold, Hugo Marsh (cox).

So, where has this success been achieved? The policy of racing few open events in favour of private matches has continued, enabling a steady introduction to racing, both processionally and side-by-side. The spring term has as its focus the National Junior Sculling Head (NJSH) raced at Dorney Lake, but the term kicked off with our visit to the Indoor Rowing event run by partner club Hinksey Sculling School. This year opposition was plentiful but still we dominated to take the gold medal in the team event with our B team well ahead of all other B teams and only a second off the overall bronze medal position. Our depth was starting to show. On the water, still in February, twelve scullers and two coxes (Max Stern and Hugo Marsh) were deemed competent enough to race the RGS on the Severn at Worcester. Racing three combinations in the octuple and a quad we dominated proceedings on some tricky water. By early March we were able to boat two octuples and travelled

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downstream to Reading for a training fixture with the Bluecoat School. Their full squad had very recently won the Hampton Head, defeating most of the major contenders, and so it was with some gratification that our A boat held them to some very close margins over distances between 500 and 1500m. The B’s showed their very limited experience and faired less well but learned some valuable lessons about sustained effort. Less than two weeks remained to prepare for the NJSH and while the A boat was able to gel in this time, the B crew suffered from a variety of crew changes, even on the morning of the event; their 10th place amongst the B crews with consistent times over the two legs was consequently very pleasing. The racing at Worcester had shown the potential of novice sculler Oli Cobbold as a pace-setter and with him now at stroke for the A’s, the strength of Hamilton-Peach and Mitchell could be moved down the boat to 7 and 6. Their 9th place performance at Dorney was exceptional, providing our best ever result at this event. The coolness and control of coxswain Hugo Marsh played a major part, not least when he found himself without amplification; the cohesion of the crew was a pleasure to see. NJSH crews from bow: A: Horatio Holloway, Magnus Speirs, Oscar von Hannover, Freddy Bickers, Piers Thomas, Albert Mitchell, Sam Hamilton-Peach, Oli Cobbold, Hugo Marsh (cox). B: Oscar Powell, Sammy Virji, Seb Volak, Michael Tsang, Callum Hunt, George Dobson, Jonathan Evans, Bart Pawley, Max Stern (cox). With just enough time to dry the kit, we ventured to Abingdon the next day for our now annual fixture. With every able-bodied boy in harness it was a chance for even the least experienced to have a go. Though Abingdon’s greater depth and squad size provided a great test for the C boat, they won and lost one race. The B’s had a greater challenge against some huge A standard boys but managed to tie one of their races. Our top boat proved too sharp and well organised for their counterparts and took the A race by a length. The final fling for head racing involved a trip to Bedford and the annual quads match. As ever, the local crews were strong but with only three seconds covering the medal places, our silver and bronze in the A event together with bronze for the B quad proved a great end to the term. Now in its second year, the Easter training camp again proved to be of immense value to the individual skills of the boys as well as a lot of fun. The weather played its part, enabling much practice of the newly acquired ‘capsize skills’ in single sculls but also with the aid of some of the J15 boys also on camp we were able to finish with some high quality racing in matched octuples. The build up to the National Schools Regatta (NSR) was a short one and with only Bedford Regatta to test out racing starts it was a tough call. Two changes were made from the NJSH A boat bringing in Matt Carmedy and, the most improved on training camp, George Dobson. They raced well to defeat BMS but not other locals Bedford School in the semi-final while the B Octo beat Radley but not BMS. The A crew split into two quads and both found themselves against the respective quads from Marlow RC (2nd place at the NJSH). Both proved extremely close races and while the A’s allowed Marlow to creep past them in the last few strokes, the roles were reversed for the 2nd boat with a storming last 30 strokes which gave our boys a few feet margin. It is each year our aim to enter two octuples at the National Schools Regatta but with six potential racers all out of action the perils of a relatively small and inexperienced squad proved too great and it was with much regret that we had to withdraw the B octuple. The A crew fortunately remained robust and was able to cope well with blustery conditions. While times were very close,


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sixth place in the time trial was another top result for Teddies J14s and testament to the effort put in by the crew over the short time they had been together. A place in the final was now at stake but made very difficult due to the lane draw where the cross wind made the lower numbered lanes much tougher and lane 2 was not at all helpful. They had to be content with 5th and an early finish. The half term holiday and then a week of activity in Snowdonia followed immediately and served as the only preparation for our next fixture, at home to Abingdon. The Octobash formula (teams of nine racing as an octuple and also in one of single, double or quad) again proved very successful despite the unseasonable weather. The B squad had to be content with a win for Jonathan Evans in the single scull but the A squad were undefeated! The closest Abingdon got to a win was in the double scull when the race was abandoned when both boats, suffering a lack of steering and roughly level, were about to collide with returning boats. This overwhelming performance only rubbed in the frustration at NSR where Abingdon went through to the final to win a silver medal.  In the last week of term, house quads were formed from shell and fourth form rowers. The presence of the J15s was limited with so many on DoE expeditions but the two houses that organised themselves the best were far ahead of the rest; the races between Apsley and Cowell’s saw some quality sculling but victory went

comfortably to the Cowell’s crew of Tsang, Mitchell, Stern, von Hannover and Captain, Arrowsmith. Prior to this with an overwhelming level of confidence from their coach, the J14 boys made a rare foray to Reading Town Regatta where, not surprisingly, we found our principle opposition to be Radley and Abingdon. With the A octuple doubling up in quads, there were quite a few races to get through. Sadly, though, there was one fewer than we had planned as the octo failed to capitalise on a good lead in their heat with Radley and with too much complacency allowed them to row through and win by a 1/2 length. Radley went on to beat Abingdon in the final. In the quads, the B crew also succombed to the Red and White aura and lost in the final by the shortest of margins. To save the day and bring home the silverware, the A quad (Speirs, von Hannover, Mitchell, Hamilton-Peach and cox, Marsh) dominated in the heat over Abingdon and then, even more comfortably, won the final ahead of Radley. We finished therefore with mixed emotions: having tasted success but also allowed victory to slide away; the weather had proven equally unpredictable and less than helpful at times, robbing us of opportunities at the highest levels. With so much potential I look forward eagerly to the return of these as J15s where the stakes and demands are so much higher. Who will have the hunger, who will rise to the challenge? John Wiggins

2011 Rowing overview Considerable success for several squads was topped by the performances of our two boys in the GB team at the World Rowing Junior championships and Cameron MacRitchie’s silver medal in the GB eight. But they were very much at the top of a pyramid as opposed to forming a pinnacle. The depth of talent is increasing, both for the boys and the girls, with, not far behind, the J16 boys who made a major contribution to the GB J16 team. Emma Cadoux-Hudson has fought a lone battle in her quest for GB honours in 2011 but looks forward to a small squad of like-minded girls with her next year. Regatta wins for virtually all squads this year were a delight to see but sadly some of the architects of this success are moving on to fresh pastures. Rachel Adams has suffered the torments of the J15 boys’ squad for two years with great patience enabling those in her care to stick to the task. She can take credit in seeing so many of them hitting the heights in GB vests now as J16s. Her counterpart for the girls, Laura Bottomley, has matched Rachel for durability and overseen two WJ15 squads with wins at heads and regattas but, moreover, developing a sense of purpose and ambition so that we might yet see some girls racing in larger boats more regularly as seniors. Feeding the WJ15 squad has been our OSE coach, Atlanta St John, herself a GB representative with boundless energy, enthusing the J14 girls as they found their feet in this strange sport. We shall miss these three greatly as they move on to new pastures and river banks. As for our leavers, those who stayed the course have much to be proud of. Captain of Boats, Cameron MacRitchie has led by example and achieved about as much as you can

as a junior rower. Patrick Hinton returned to the coxswain’s seat and took command of the VIII with skill and great maturity. At the other end of the boat, Ed Bloomfield was as determined as any to maximise fitness and performance. Stephen MacFarlane, meanwhile, was a model of persistence and hard work even though this was asked of him in the 2nd boat. I was delighted to see their academic success (between them, 9 A and 2 A* grades) as much as that achieved on the water. Sadly a number of other upper sixth did not feel able to commit to the end of their time at school – I can only hope that they have not departed with regrets. Those coaches remaining and those new to the ranks will have a chance to build even more on the successes of 2011, managing to balance carefully the demands of a very busy boarding school for these athletes. I would like to thank them all but also give credit to the various teams within school who ease (or create) the paths in supporting the complexities of a modern boat club. Directly involved are Phil Colborne and Al Stuart who expertly manage the boat house and boats as well deal with most of the administration, kit and safety matters. Catering and Logistics feed and transport while the Bursary team exhibit great patience; HMs and house matrons encourage and patch up the weary and struggling (physically and emotionally) in times of difficulty. Parents (and photographers), OSE and other supporters too are invaluable whether on the bank or wishing well from afar. I hope all can feel part of the process, share and enjoy the success when it comes. Thanks go to all. John Wiggins Master i/c Rowing

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Senior Girls There was minimal activity in the autumn term apart from Emma Cadoux-Hudson racing in a single at Wallingford (2nd) and at GB trials (24th). She was also invited to a training camp for GB potentials in October. The spring term, however, saw sufficient girls in the squad to train in an 8+ with the aim to race at the Schools Head. Alas, sustained illness put paid to the crew and they were withdrawn from the race. However, Emma continued to progress within the GB trials joining forces with a City of Oxford rower (Cloudy Carnegie) in a coxless pair (2-) for trials where they came 5th in the 5km long-distance race. During the Easter holidays Emma and Cloudy were invited to attend a training camp in Portugal with the University of London. Here they clocked up some large mileage and some great work in preparation for the trials ahead. When they returned they had a few days to recuperate before racing at the GB small boats regatta. After a great semi they qualified for the A Final and in a tight race at the end of the 2k course they picked off one other crew to maintain their 5th national ranking. Due to ongoing injuries and some more illness it was decided to pursue a coxed four (4+) for the National Schools Regatta (NSR) and a WJ16 4+ if it proved sufficiently able at Bedford Regatta. The start of the regatta series was only a few days into the start of term, so with a limited amount of preparation the Senior 4+ headed off to Wallingford Regatta to race the adult category of WIM3 4+. They performed incredibly well, especially with it being their 3rd outing in this combination. In the semi-final they pulled through a good field to come 2nd behind Worcester (by 1 length), a good 10 seconds ahead of 3rd place. In the final their lack of time together as the crew became an issue and the lane draw did not help. The terrible conditions arising from the strong wind made the going tough and they managed only 6th place. The girls had learned a lot from this race however and had shown great grit and determination, which would be their hallmark for racing to come. Next up was Bedford Regatta where

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unfortunately the WJ16 4+ were unable to race, again hampered by illnesses. This left the Senior 4+ to race in WIM3 4+ (lack of opposition sadly scrapped the J18 event). With the extra preparation under their belt the girls dominated the racing. First, Dame Alice Harper – despatched by 2.5 lengths, then St Neot’s – won ‘Easily’. This left the Final against Milton Keynes RC who had posted a time 1 second quicker than us. They were older and larger women which gave the girls something to think about. It was a close start and on entering the bridge at half way the girls had a lead of only half a length. But on exiting the bridge where the girls had planned to do their major push they had moved out to a length and the distance kept moving and moving until they won by 4 lengths! A great result! This put the girls in good spirits with NSR the next challenge. The girls started with a time trial where they qualified easily in the top 12 with the 5th fastest time. Of the qualifiers, five had at least 1 GB triallist in their boats - an unusually high number for this event. In the semi-final the girls raced well in tough head-wind conditions and pulled out a good third, qualifying position behind LEH and Canford but beating Pangbourne, Yarm and George Heriot’s. In the Final they were joined by St Paul’s Girls, Monkton and Aberdeen. Sadly, conditions had deteriorated and the lanes were redrawn to reward those who had qualified higher. This put the girls right over in lane 1 and the worst lane. They raced valiantly but were unable to overcome the conditions and came 6th but in a good fight after a turbulent year. On the Sunday the WJ16 2- of Freddie Atkinson and Emily Higgins raced. Due to the conditions the racing became a straight head race giving only one chance. Alas, the girls hit some shocking conditions and with so little experience in the pair were unable to cope with it and struggled to finish 7th. For the School 4+ this left only Women’s Henley but in the half term Exeat, Emma raced with her 2- partner, Cloudy at the Metropolitan Regatta. Though entered in the high level category of WIM1, they won by 2 lengths! Women’s Henley Regatta each year takes place smack bang in the middle of the exam period which adds that extra pressure on the girls’ training and racing. As in 2010 we were drawn against strong USA visitors, this year, in the form of Merion Mercy Academy from Philadelphia. We rowed well but were beaten by a much better crew… however, after looking over the results it transpired that the girls would have likely beaten any of the losers from the other rounds of the event. Merion went on to win the event! This drew to a close the school racing programme but still left was the GB trialling for Emma. The GB Final Trials are a fierce and uncompromising testing process over 3 days at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham. Rough conditions prevented the initial ranking of the invited girls (8 on each side) using a time trial and pairs matrix and so it was straight in to seat racing. With 5 or 6 races in each session and several sessions per day it was a fraught and very draining experience. Emma’s selection was always going to be on the cusp of the cut off line and it came down to her last race of the last day back in a coxless pair. Emma raced exceptionally well and did herself proud especially as she beat many others on her journey, but lost out by the tight margin of 1.3 seconds. Emma has been an example of what can be achieved in any environment. She has mostly trained on her own this year and to lose out at the very last hurdle is a cruel result and one she does not deserve. Watch this space for next year!! Alasdair Stuart


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Racing in the Spring Term was sparse, not least due to the cancellation of Wycliffe Head, but for the first time in the Boat Club’s history we put out an eight to race the Schools’ Head of the River. Fitness levels were found wanting in the latter part of the 4 mile race but to finish 8th was most encouraging. The enthusiasm generated by their shell rowing experience was sustained by coach Laura Bottomley, assisted by HM Eve Singfield and the ever present Atlanta St John (when not with her new shells). The Easter training camp was consequently well attended and boosted by the presence of all-rounders Lucy Poffley and Claira Miesegaes, fresh from a term of netball. Selection for the eight and, when it came, the top four was very tight and hotly contested. In the summer term Bedford Regatta provided the main preparation for the National Schools’ Regatta (NSR). To help establish the best combinations for NSR, the girls raced both in their eight and two fours. The B four won a straight final over Oundle but in the eight the girls were without same-age opposition and faced older though novice opponents. Emanuel School were easily despatched and they were within a length of BMS. The A four also beat their Oundle opposition and then faced Sir William Borlase in the final. The girls will not forget this day as they struggled to get to the start in the teeth of a tempest. But they handled the conditions the better and came away with their first victory of the year. The girls had more than established their credentials and so not only did the eight race on the Saturday of NSR, reaching the final of J15 girls’ eights (another first for the BC) but the two fours competed on the Friday over the shorter 1000m. 8th and 14th in the time trial gave a semi-final to the A boat but sadly not the B’s. 4th in the semi was less than the girls had planned on but they could at least then focus on the next day’s racing. Straight into a semi-final they qualified comfortably in 2nd place in the eight ahead of Oundle, Yarm and BMS. The final was another matter and despite a competitive first 500m they were off the pace over the full 2000m but won the battle with Oundle for 5th place. NSR Crews: WJ15 ‘A’ 4+: Lucy Poffley, Mathilde Wood, Sarah Fletcher, Bryony Spensley, Olivia Deslandes (cox). WJ15 ‘B’ 4+: Megan Brittan, Ellen Lloyd, Hebe Howorth, Annie Simpson, Claira Miesegaes (cox). WJ15 8+: Megan Brittan, Annie Simpson, Hebe Howorth, Claira Miesegaes, Lucy Poffley, Mathilde Wood, Sarah Fletcher, Bryony Spensley, Olivia Deslandes (Cox). For the final phase of the year, the boat types were up for grabs and in addition to the four the girls had a go in doubles and quads – all tough events – at Bedford Star Regatta. In the quad, a clean race kept them in contention, though 2nd, but the doubles suffered from steering issues, clipping buoys and, for one un-named duo, a swim in the Great Ouse before jumping back in to finish the race. For the A four however, another regatta victory, this time over BMS, added to their collections of trophies. This was further swelled with an emphatic win in senior Novice fours at Reading Town Regatta where they beat Lea RC before despatching Cheltenham Ladies in the final. This tally made the WJ15s the most successful Teddies rowing squad of 2011 and will hopefully encourage them to push on to greater heights and even more success in the coming years.

The 2011 J14 girls squad was an enthusiastic group who were prepared to work hard and quickly picked up the technique needed to move a boat effectively. Over the spring and summer terms a number of regattas were attended. The girls’ very first race, after just seven weeks of rowing, was the National Junior Sculling Head, held at Dorney Lake, Eton. This is one of the largest junior races in the country but the girls handled the pressure well in the Octuple scull and demonstrated all they had learned over the 3600m course. Our first medal was a bronze at the Bedford Quads Head race for the ‘B’ boat, which raced well to beat some very experienced opposition. During the Easter holidays a small group of the J14’s came back to school early and spent 4 days on training camp. This enabled us to complete two sessions a day, gaining valuable fitness and technical skills, as well as being able to train in smaller boats for the first time. Once back at school for the summer term, the focus became the National Schools’ Regatta, the biggest event we attend every year. In preparation, a match race was organised with local rivals Hinksey Sculling School. The ‘A’ quad rowed extremely well against their opposition, some of whom had been rowing for two years already. At the National Schools’ Regatta, a quad had been selected to compete (see below). The girls needed to finish in the top eighteen crews in a time trial race to progress to the semi-finals. Although they were racing against a field of thirty-four other quads, the girls did a fantastic job to finish fourteenth overall. They raced well in their semi-final and although they did not progress to the final, they gained valuable experience. As the end of the racing season approached, the girls competed at one last regatta - Reading Town. Leading for the whole race, the girls won their final and picked up their first tankard as a reward. The J14 girls have been a fun and energetic group to coach; they have trained hard and have been rewarded by some good results when racing. I hope they all continue to row in the coming years. Atlanta St John Racing Crews: NJSH – M Neville, M Kremner, P Ayache, L Faber-Johnson, K Lyon, D Nagapetyants, S Jennings, S Holland, A Burrows (cox) NSR - M Neville, B Reed, S Jennings, T McCoy-Parkhill, O McAloon (cox) Reading Town - M Neville, B Reed, S Holland, J Lyon, T McCoy-Parkhill

Victorious J14 girls at Reading Town

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Tennis Boys’ Tennis Boys’ tennis began in style with all the senior teams winning against Winchester. The 1st VI won a tight but high quality encounter 5-4. Captain Will Blowfield and his partner Simon Barrington-Ward playing as third pair took one point whilst the first pair of Ed Jamie and Ed Harries-Jones won two points including a fine 6-4, 6-3 against Winchester’s first pair. Colts Joe Barr and Paddy Nagle were also in outstanding form winning two rubbers and taking a tight deciding set 7-5 to seal an impressive win. The 2nd VI also began with a fine 7.5 to 1.5 win. First pair Charlie Harries-Jones and Seb Silva won all three of their matches with the second pairing of George Symington and Kenny Sze taking 2.5 points and the third pair of Peter Shannon and Charlie Bowker a creditable two points. The 3rd VI of Beer Kawatkul/Katha Osathanugrah, Nick Womersley/Phil Osborne and Theo Lewis/ Evan Wells produced a memorable performance to win 9-0 without dropping a set. Unfortunately the teams playing away on Winchester’s grass did not fair quite as well. The U16A produced a spirited performance to draw 4.5-4.5 as all three pairs contributed well. First pair Jack Rubin and Ed Carr earned two points with second pair Jack Edwards/Ted Christie Miller taking 1.5 points and the third pair of Will Morgan/ John Bethell earning a vital point. The U15 side went down 8-1 with1st pair Peter Phillips/Ivan Vasylevskyy the only ones to earn a point. In their next matches the sides could not quite repeat the feats of the first week against strong MCS opposition. The first VI lost another tight match 3.5 to 5.5. With Jamie and Ed Harries-Jones losing two of their sets 5-7, the top pair were only able to win a solitary point. Though Blowfield and Barrington-Ward managed a draw against their opposite numbers, it was Nagle and Barr who proved the most successful pair, beating both the MCS third and first pairs before losing to their MCS opposite numbers. The 2nd VI lost 3-6 in one of the tightest matches. Ultimately, it was the three lost tiebreak sets that proved to be the deciding factor. Frustratingly, both 3rd VI and 4th VI also lost really close encounters 5-4. With the Eton block cancelled due to exams the next fixture saw the boys take on Stowe. Although the 1st VI were not at their best their match proved to be another hotly contested affair. The end result was a draw, which was probably a fair reflection of the match as a whole. With Stowe’s first pair the dominant force, the match came down to the other rubbers. With Jamie and Harries-Jones winning two points, Nagle and Barr taking 1.5 and Blowfield and Barrington-Ward one point, there was irrefutable proof that contributions from all three pairs are just as important as having one dominant couple. The 3rd VI of Kawatkul/ Osathanugrah, Womersley/Osborne and Lewis/Wells once again swept the opposition aside to win 9-0, whilst the 2nds were nearly as impressive, winning their match 7-2. Sze and Symington were the star pair taking all three points with Charlie Harries-Jones and Shannon contributing 2.5 points and Silva & Bowker weighing in with 1.5 points.

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produced a below par performance. There were, however, some highlights – Blowfield & Barrington-Ward earning a fine 5-3 win over Radley’s third pair and Symington playing at number six earning a 4-4 draw also against Radley. In the next match, it was Barr & Nagle who produced some superb tennis to draw 4-4 against MCS’s first pair whilst Symington and Kawatkul won 6-2 as fourth pair. In the singles round Symington and Blowfield shone, winning their singles matches 5-3. Against Abingdon in the last round, it was that man Symington again who proved his worth, winning his singles and doubles (with Kawatkul) matches 6-2. Though both senior sixes had numerous players missing, the mixed match against Stowe was, as always, entertaining and enjoyable. Despite the quality tennis on show, both senior teams came off on the losing side as did the U15B. However, the U15A produced some inspired performance to win 5-4. With Cheltenham forced to cancel the final fixture, it has been a slightly frustrating and disjointed season with a significant number of fixtures falling by the wayside due to exams or poor weather. However, it has also been a positive season overall. The U15’s have made huge improvements whilst at the senior end there have been some really pleasing results. With the majority of players remaining, we are beginning to develop some real strength in depth and with the prospect of some pre season training abroad at Easter next year the future looks positive.

At Stowe the U15’s found the going tough against top quality opposition and were well beaten. The U16B suffered a similar fate whilst the U16A eventually lost the tightest of matches 5-4. The second pair of Miller and Edwards produced some fine tennis to earn two points, whilst first pair Rubin and Carr also earned two points narrowly losing to Stowe’s first pair 5-7, 6-7 in what turned out to be the deciding rubber. With Bradfield rained off, the 1st VI missing the injured Ed Harries-Jones took on Abingdon next and lost 3-6. This time Nagle and Barr could only take a point and with the new pairing of Jamie and Charlie Harries-Jones unable to take anything from their three sets it was left up to captain Blowfield and BarringtonWard to salvage some pride. This they did, comfortably winning two sets before losing to the visitors’ first pair. The 2nd VI again produced a fine performance to win 6-3. First pair Sze and Symington won two of their three matches whilst the third pair of Bowker and Womersley could only manage one point from three tight sets. This time it was the second pair of Kawatkul and Osathanugrah who were the stars of the show, winning all three of their matches including an impressive 7-5 win over Abingdon’s first pair. The OXIST tournament proved to be a disappointing affair all round as the U18, U16 and U15 teams all finished fourth. With a weakened senior eight due to injury and unavailability Teddies

Girls’ tennis week I would like to thank all the staff who gave of their time to coach the Girls’ Tennis week in, week out during the summer term. It is not an easy term, with the pressure of exams and coursework, meaning that training sessions and players for matches are sometimes depleted. House tennis this year took on a different format with each girl playing one singles and one doubles match against each house. It ran over three afternoons and was keenly contested. In the seniors, Avenue were the runaway winners, with Mac’s in 2nd place and Corfe in 3rd. It was a shame Oakthorpe were unable to field a team. In the juniors, it was a very close event. Oakthorpe were 1st, Mac’s 2nd, Avenue 3rd and Corfe 4th. Throughout the year there are interhouse events in each sport and points are awarded. At the end of the year these points are added up to determine the best sporting house. This year’s competition was the closest ever seen with only 50 points separating 1st and 4th place. However, Mac’s secured the victory for the 4th year running.

 

Steeple chase

Hockey

Netball

Rowing

Tennis

Totals

Place

Sep-10

Dec-10

Mar-11

Mar-11

 

 

 

Juniors

5

20

15

5

15

60

2

Oakthorpe

20

15

20

10

20

85

1

Mac’s Corfe

10

10

5

20

5

50

3

Avenue

15

5

10

15

10

55

4

Winners

Oakthorpe

Mac’s

Oakthorpe

Corfe

Oakthorpe

 

 

Seniors Mac’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20

20

20

15

15

90

1

Oakthorpe

15

15

15

5

0

50

3

Corfe

10

10

10

20

10

60

2

45

4

Avenue

5

5

5

10

20

Winners

Mac’s

Mac’s

Mac’s

Corfe

Avenue

Oakthorpe

Mac’s

Oakthorpe, Mac’s

Corfe

Mac’s, Avenue

Overall Winners

Numbers represent points as follows:  Place

House

Points (Girls)

1

Mac’s

150

2

Oakthorpe

135

3

Corfe

110

4

Avenue

100

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Girls’ tennis 1st VI Victory is not defined by wins or losses, it is defined by effort, and with the strains of exams and the inconsistency Dean Close L 2-7 of regular pairings, the results did not Rugby cancelled always go our way, although there Bradfield cancelled were some narrow defeats. However, there were some excellent individual Stowe W 5-4 and pair performances. The team Stowe mixed – L 2-7 primarily consisted of L6th and 5th form girls, which bodes well for next season as we will remain relatively unchanged. It was a tough start to the season against Cheltenham, who were a quality outfit. There were some very good individual/pair performances and despite playing some extremely tough competition the girls fought well and the score line often did not reflect the closeness of the game. Against Marlborough, it was very evenly matched and could have gone either way going into the final set of matches. Without Jessie Stevenson, Katie Austen stepped up to play with Grace Lee. They had some tough but close matches and were unlucky to lose. Lily Davies and Katie McGirr played very well together to win 2 of their 3 matches. It was an epic final match for Katie Withers Green and Rose Barry. Having lost and won their previous matches, they were determined to end on a winning streak. It was neck and neck and went to a tie break. They managed to get ahead to secure a well deserved win 7-6. Dean Close was a disappointing match, where no-one really played to their potential and we were left feeling fairly deflated. Things were going very well against Rugby and the girls had secured the majority of victories when the match had to be cancelled due to torrential rain. Although we can’t officially claim this win on paper, we definitely came away feeling victorious! With confidence high from the previous fixture and having continued to worked hard in training the girls were rewarded for their efforts with a brilliant and exciting win in a tense match against Stowe. Going into the last round it was 3 rubbers apiece, with one win from Lily Davies and Katie McGirr and two wins from Katie Withers Green and Jessie Stevenson. Rose Barry and Grace Lee had a tough day but although they didn’t get the win, they fought hard. At the 7th match Stowe led 4-3. Lily and Katie saw off their opponents in record time to make it 4-4, which left it all to play for in the final rubber. Jessie and Katie were up against Stowe’s first pair who were yet to concede a rubber. They played the best tennis of the season so far, placing the ball accurately and forcing their opponents into mistakes to take the rubber 6 games to 2 and secure the overall victory 5-4. The team were on a high and therefore rightly disappointed that the match against Bradfield was cancelled due to bad weather. However, the highlight of the season was still to come against Stowe for the mixed doubles. This is always a very popular way to end the season, though, we did suffer from absences of players due to exams. Ed Jamie and Katie Withers Green played very well together to secure 2 out of 3 wins. It has been a good and thoroughly enjoyable season, in which the team have made positive steps. Next year we lose Jessie Stevenson after 3 years in the 1st VI and captain for the last 2 years. Jessie has made an enormous contribution to Girls’ tennis and her experience, supreme dedication and attitude will be greatly missed. Squad: Austen, K; Barry, R; Davies, L; Lee, G; McGirr, K; Stevenson, J; Withers Green, K. Cheltenham

L 0-9

Marlborough

L 4-5

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U15 A/B

With a small pool of players to choose from and the team being hit hard by the artists undertaking their exams, the team often changed from week to week. However, there were some committed performances from Becky Rubin, Emily Marshall, Mads Edwards, Susie Browning, Kate Fraser and Julie Snow. They were an enjoyable group to coach and for this I thank them. Against Cheltenham, Sophie Theakston and Mad Edwards played very well winning 2 of their 3 matches. Although the score line had us comfortably beaten by Marlborough, the rubbers were very close and we were unlucky not to secure some wins. Against Dean Close the team stepped up and there were some brilliant performances, particularly from Mads Edwards and Susie Browning who were unbeaten, and from Julie Snow and Kate Fraser. Unfortunately, the team were unable to secure a victory against Stowe, but continued to fight valiantly and conduct themselves with the utmost decorum. The season came to a disappointing end with the matches against Bradfield and mixed doubles against Stowe cancelled. The majority of the team leave the school this year. I wish them every success as they move on to the next stage in their lives. Squad: Edwards, M; Browning, S; Marshall, E; Rubin, B; Fraser, K; Snow, J

The U15A Tennis team have had a splendid season. Unfortunately we lost our first encounter against Cheltenham College (3-6) and started with our first paring of Honour Wainwright and Alice Eckett losing their first set against Cheltenham’s 3rd pairing. However, as the afternoon went on, this pair regained their composure and won their next two sets, which included beating Cheltenham’s 1st pair. We trained hard off the back of this match and got an 8-1 win over Dean Close, which was a fantastic result. Helen Baddeley and Phoebe Burch were the pairing of the day, beating Dean Close’s 1st pair right at the start and this game set a great precedent for their matches to come. Although we were to lose our next encounter against Stowe School 4-5, Alice Eckett and Honour Wainwright again played some magnificent tennis together, winning two out of three of their games. Nancy Purle and Emily Sandom also had a great game together, showing true determination and being unfortunate as a pair to lose narrowly to Stowe’s 1st pairing (4-6). Our last game against Bloxham was pretty much spoilt by torrential rain throughout most of the afternoon, but the girls played on and managed to scrape a 5-4 win against a feisty Bloxham side. Helen Baddeley stepped up to play for the 1st pair with Alice Eckett and certainly did Teddies proud, adapting very well to a different pairing. Overall, congratulations on a terrific season!

3rd and 4th VI There were only a few matches for the 3rds and 4ths, with several being cancelled due to adverse weather conditions or the other school being unable to field a team. The teams were disrupted quite a bit as girls stepped up to higher teams to fill those gaps created by exams and illness. Against Marlborough, Hester King and Bobbie Fairhurst played very well in the 4ths to win 2 of their 3 matches convincingly 6-3, 6-2. Honour Wainwright, Alice Eckett, Phoebe Burch and Helen Baddeley stepped up from the U15’s to play. Honour and Alice won a match and narrowly lost the other two 4-6, 5-6. Unfortunately both teams lost against Stowe, but in the 3rds, Millie Edwards and Hattie Lake convincingly won all three of their matches. Special thanks should go to Claudia Day and Becky Wilkes who admirably stepped in to play at short notice. Many positives can be taken away from the short season. Many girls represented the school and had a positive experience playing competitive tennis. It meant a lot to the girls and they cherished their wins, playing enjoyable tennis.

U15 C and D The girls had an excellent season and stayed focused until the very end with a very competitive Inter-House tennis tournament. The two matches of the season were played to a very high standard against tough schools. The U15Cs narrowly lost the first fixture and came away with a dead heat in the second. The girls in this squad played to a very high standard with several of them being trialled for the U15B squad. Players of the season award goes jointly to Jess Henderson, Frankie Potter and Flossie Pugh. The U15Ds trained with an admirable determination and focus and many girls significantly improved their technique with the greatest leaps forward being seen in the serve. Most improved player of the season goes to Masha Maslovskaya whose determination to succeed and out of training practice sessions saw her game become extremely competitive.

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Yearlings A/B/C It has been a thoroughly enjoyable season where the girls who have represented the Shell tennis teams have made huge progress both on and off the field. They have made significant improvements in the technical and tactical aspects of the game, and they now need to develop their accuracy and consistency in order to be a little more successful in terms of results. The season started with some promise at Cheltenham College and although we lost both the A and B team matches 3-6, there were some good performances from Issy Grace and Alicia Fellowes, who won two sets in the A team match and Harriet Hipwell and Fleur Green who also won two sets in the B team match. In the Dean Close fixture Charlotte Findlay and Tilly Blandy who were the second pair managed two wins 6-1 and 6-2 by playing accurate and consistent grounds strokes that forced their opponents into mistakes. They did not quite manage to beat the 1st pair despite a courageous fight, eventually losing the set 3-6. Emma Cheng and Bonnie Mallet playing as the second pair in the B’s and Harriet Hipwell and Fleur Green, playing as the first pair, were the ones to win sets in the B team fixture, where we were always under a little pressure. The highlight of the afternoon was the resounding victory for the C’s in their first match of the season, losing only one set on their way to victory. Molly Healy and Phoebe Hull playing as the first pair and Lottie Burr and Alex Hauger as the third pair were undefeated all afternoon and the C’s certainly set the standard for the year group. The team then played Stowe which proved to be a tricky afternoon. Ellie Lloyd and Charlotte Findlay were the only pair to win a set in the A team fixture. The B team struggled particularly with their serve and it was only in the final matches that they really put the opposition under any pressure. Molly Healy and Amy Burrows fought hard all afternoon and eventually were rewarded for their hard work by winning our only set in the C team match. A difficult afternoon, probably best confined to the archives. Sometimes, in sport, teams can be deemed to have bad luck and although I do not wholeheartedly subscribe to this theory it could be used at this stage of the season. Having made so much

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progress it would have been a fitting reward to have secured a win for both the A and B teams. Although the 1st pair of the Bloxham A team were very strong, the Teddies girls dominated the majority of the other matches. There were victories for all the pairs in both teams. With victory almost assured and as the last round of games commenced, a torrential downpour ensued and the match was washed out. Although some of the girls would like to have claimed victory you cannot really say you have been victorious until the match is over and it was not. Oxford High were the last opponents of the season and late on a Tuesday afternoon the Teddies girls did not look mentally ready. Despite victories from Ellie Lloyd and Charlotte Findlay and from Tilly Blandy and Alex Hauger we failed to win any more sets and lost the A fixture 3-6 and the B team 0-9 and it was a disappointing end to the season. Throughout the year the girls have been immaculately dressed, respectful, and enthusiastic and sport is so much about more than the result. If the girls continue to work hard they will become more and more competitive as they progress through the school. The next victory is only one game away.


Athletics The late Easter meant that there was little time for training and after only two training sessions at Iffley Road our athletes were swiftly into competition at Radley as they hosted their annual relays event. Our creatures of habit made their usual base at the top of the home straight and from this vantage point were able to watch the medley relay and 4x100m teams complete their races against a large and highly competitive field. The newly formed junior 4x100m team of Freddie Bickers, Emanuel Ezekiel, Will Everett and Sam Gillingham took the baton round at a high speed and missed out on a podium place by 0.2 seconds. The intermediate team were able to go one better as they earned themselves a bronze medal, coming 3rd to Harrow and St Paul’s, but beating Rugby, Radley and Marlborough. Chris Asembo led home the team of Ryan Savage, Peter Sliwinski and Jamie D’Alton and crossed the line in 47.1 seconds. Marlborough is a popular venue for inter-school meets and the athletics team have competed against a number of schools on three separate occasions over the course of the season. At some point all of our athletes have achieved success; either a first or second place or an improved time or distance. In the senior boys’ team captain Joe Burrows led by example and won a gutsy 800m in 2:10 minutes; David Stone won the javelin and Aron Coleman the shot put. Girls’ captain Belle Burt hurdled, sprinted and jumped to success as well as motivating and inspiring the younger athletes to try new events; Freya Berkin produced some amazing sprint finishes to win 800m and 1500m races; Polly Mainds convincingly won the 400m, Emma Campion the long jump and Rike Sessler won a close 100m and the high jump. The senior boys’ and girls’ teams both finished second in the overall standings in two out of the three meets. The inter girls were even more successful at Marlborough. After an understandably rusty early season first meet they trained hard and went on to win almost every event in the second and third meets, becoming the overall team winners on each occasion. First and second places were achieved by Matty Littlehales: 100m, triple jump and long jump; Ella JohnsonWatts: 80m hurdles and 300m; Chantelle Endeley and Jemima Jolley: 200m; Harriet Mainds: 80m hurdles; Lucy Ritchie and Charley French: 1500m, and the relay girls capped off an incredible team performance by bringing the baton home well ahead of the field. The inter boys almost followed in the girls’ footsteps, but they narrowly missed out on team victory and finished as overall runners-up to Marlborough. This was despite Jamie D’Alton jumping and sprinting to four first places, Afolabi Ayoola winning the long and triple jump, Chris Asembo the 100m and high jump, and a Teddies one-two from Ryan Savage and Peter Sliwinski in the 100m hurdles. Our junior numbers are unfortunately not high enough to enable us to enter the team competitions on a Saturday but as individuals they certainly impress. James Chainey has been a convincing winner in the shot put on each occasion and has produced a personal best in the discus, an event that he has just taken up this season. James Bunce has achieved new personal St Edward’S ChroniClE 2010/11 | 161


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bests in the discus and high jump and Octavia Akoulitchev is establishing herself as a serious middle distance talent by winning two out of three 1500m races. This season we have been invited to Stowe and Harrow for the first time. At Stowe Belle Burt and Leonora Skull capped an outstanding five years of athletics at Teddies by winning five events between them, flexing their muscles and earning valuable points for the team by throwing the shot and discus for the first time and leading the senior girls to team victory. George Simon and George Chetwode proved themselves as team players by not only winning their usual middle distance races but collecting vital points by filling in where we were missing an athlete. They were ably supported by Will Kinman and Shimpei Kamada as the senior boys finished in second place. The inter boys and girls once again demonstrated the collective talent they possess by winning their respective team competitions. On the final Saturday of the first half term the boys took a break from revision, left the girls behind and travelled to Harrow. Having competed against Harrow on numerous occasions at other venues it was a daunting but exciting prospect to be invited to one of their meets. James Chainey got the team off to a great start in the junior shot put as he was the clear winner with another impressive throw of over twelve metres. Josh Robinson took on the role of captain for the day and in a very quick senior 200m produced his season’s best time of 24.0 seconds to finish in second place. In the inter team Chris Asembo won the javelin but narrowly missed out on being placed in the top two in the 100m after the judges had to use a photo finish in order to split the athletes in a very competitive race. This was the first time we had seen such technology used at one of our meets! Ryan Savage, Afolabi Ayoola, Paddy Mark and Peter Sliwinski all did very well to be placed in their various events. Special mentions must go to Hugo Auer and Yuri Chekalsky who made their debuts in the 400m

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and 1500m, and Fergus McAloon who covered the most ground during the afternoon, competing in the 800m, 1500m and 2000m steeplechase; an outstanding effort. The season finished where we began, at Radley for their newly designed multi-events competition. This exciting competition enabled teams of four boys to compete for an individual and team prize. Each boy had to sprint, throw, jump, run a middle distance race and one leg of a 4x200m relay in order to accumulate points based on the times and distances they achieved. The Fourth Form A team of Peter Sliwinski, Tom Letch, Paddy Mark and Tom Bowker amassed enough points to finish as the third placed team out of twelve, again missing out to Harrow, but winning a bronze medal by beating Radley, Bedford and Bradfield. Peter and Tom Letch were very impressive in each of their four events and finished a gruelling afternoon as the 6th and 7th best placed individuals. Danny Golubchenko, appearing on the track for the first time, perhaps questioned the manager’s team selection by achieving a top ten individual placing despite being in the B team! Josh Robinson finished as the 9th best multieventer in the lower sixth and may have found himself a new event in the process by running far too well in the 800m! It has once again been a pleasure to coach and manage this fine athletics squad. The camaraderie that exists between the boys and girls from all year groups is unrivalled in any other sport and makes the athletics team a unique one. The Teddies spirit can be clearly seen on the track and in the stands as the athletes support and encourage each other; the senior athletes offer the juniors advice on how to improve their technique and stand by their side as they try out new events for the first time. The 2011 season has been a fantastic one and I hope that the athletes feel inspired by their own success and that of others to train over the winter and achieve even more on the school circuit next season, the year of the London Olympics.

George Chetwode & George Simon (U6th)

Ella Johnson-Watts (4th form)


Oxford City and Oxfordshire County Championships The junior and inter athletics teams took part in the Oxford City Schools Athletics Championships and a series of outstanding performances on the track and in the field ensured plenty of success and a total of thirty medals for the Teddies teams. The inter girls’ team finished as City Champions thanks to the collective talent of Matty Littlehales, Jemima Jolley, Ella JohnsonWatts, Yasmin Hass-Sinclair, Claira Miesegeas, Mads Edwards and Nancy Purle who all achieved either silver or bronze in one or both of their events. From the junior girls’ team special mention should go to the efforts of Octavia Akoulitchev who ran the 1500m and 800m finishing in 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Many junior boys made their track and field debut for Teddies and finished a very close runner-up in the overall team standings by the narrowest of margins. Natural ability, strength, spring and ever improving techniques enabled the following boys to win gold and become City Champions; James Chainey: shot put; Sam Gillingham: hurdles and high jump; and Emmanuel Ezekiel: long jump. There were also a series of silver medal performances from those boys along with Will Everett, Toby Cornish and the 4x100m relay team. The inter boys team were not to be outdone by the girls this time as they also finished the afternoon as City Champions by a considerable margin. Gold medal performances came from Ryan Savage: 100m hurdles; Tom Letch: 400m, discus and javelin; Callum Jones: 800m and 3000m; and Jamie D’Alton: triple jump and high jump. The team achievement would not have been possible without contributions from Peter Sliwinski, Paddy Mark and Tommaso Pappagallo who gained silver and bronze medals in their events. As a result of their success in this competition, the sixteen St Edward’s athletes who finished in 1st or 2nd place at the

City Schools were selected to represent the City Team at the Oxfordshire County Championships at Tilsley Park. Despite the wet, cold and miserable weather they all performed very well and although the conditions prevented them from throwing or jumping as far as they have done before, the Teddies athletes came away from the day with an impressive haul of fourteen medals and three new County Champions: Ella Johnson-Watts won gold in the 300m hurdles; Sam Gillingham in the 80m hurdles; and James Chainey in the shot put. Congratulations also to Tom Letch, Jamie D’Alton and Emmanuel Ezekiel who were busy competing in a variety of events and between them picked up five silver and bronze medals. It was most certainly a hugely successful day for our younger athletes; brilliant performances from all.

ESAA English Schools’ Track and Field Championships Teddies were represented in the English Schools’ Track and Field Championships at Gateshead by James Chainey. As a result of his outstanding performance and personal best throw of 12.39 metres at Tilsley Park, James was selected to represent Oxfordshire in the junior boys shot put. To gain the entry standard for the finals and be selected for the County team in the first instance is a fantastic achievement. James has dominated the shot putt at Marlborough, Radley, Stowe and Harrow but he knew that competing against the best throwers from Independent and State Schools nationwide would be a much more difficult proposition. After completing three very respectable throws against some very talented and powerful opponents he finished in 12th place; a truly outstanding performance. This has now inspired James to train hard over the winter months and he is positively looking forward to next season when he will step up into the inter category.

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Harriers This season has seen the largest number of runners training with the Harriers in recent years. On a typical games afternoon we have had up to 34 pupils putting on their running shoes to train over Port Meadow, push themselves in speed sessions around University Parks, or enjoy the Shotover hills. This is, in large part, due to the enthusiasm and examples set by Mr Tester and Mr Chitsenga (who both ran marathons this year) and Miss Perkins (who has regularly competed in the Oxford Mail League). This year was notable for having our first full girls’ team for several years, and our L6th girls showed great promise. The girls won the Oxfordshire County Championships, led home by Freya Berkin who was selected as a reserve for Oxfordshire. The girls also came second in the Oxford University Tortoise Relays and third in the Wellington College relays. Our vice-captain, Rike Sessler, finished 13th in the County Championships and had some good performances in the Oxford Mail League, although her season was unfortunately cut short due to injury. Emma Campion also had a good season, finishing 14th in the County Championships and running strongly in the King Henry VIII and Wellington relays. All our runners have shown dedication and commitment during the season. We have stepped up the distances and intensity of our training and one of our best training sessions was a 13 mile loop with a break in the middle to watch the 1st XV play at Radley. The best races for the boys were at Winchester College where we finished 2nd, Harrow where we finished 3rd and the Oxford Tortoise Relays where we finished 5th. The team has been ably captained by George Simon and Jack Fennell and the boys have often been led home by Charlie Harris, who was frequently on loan from the hockey 2nd XI. Fergus McAloon, although still only in the 5th form, has been a regular member of the Senior Team, holding his own against Sixth Form runners; he was the third St Edward’s finisher in the senior race at Winchester. The senior boys finished a respectable 10th out of 25 teams in the competitive Wellington Relays, and just 50 seconds separated us from 3rd position over the 7.5 mile course. The Harriers had their final race of the season on Thursday 17th March when they raced at Radley College. Ruairi O’Hara deserves a special mention for finishing in 7th position overall against senior teams from Radley and Harrow; he was the first St Edward’s runner home, an impressive achievement for a Fifth Former and displaying great promise for the future.

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Squash Forbes magazine dubbed it the ‘healthiest sport’ in the world, due to the overwhelming ability to exercise almost every muscle and fibre of the human body in a short amount of time. This gem in the sporting world is fondly known as squash. Our sport is ballet, it is chess; a strategic duel played out at frantic pace, both artisans/combatants seeking dominance over the same piece of real estate. Furthermore, the fact that both players share the same court space means that in competition they have to coexist. This unique feature of the game teaches valuable lessons of friendship and friendly rivalry. In the first term of the year, the 1st V lost to Bradfield; however we weren’t fazed and Marlborough College fell at the hands of Sam Hunter, Charlie Harries-Jones and Olly Oakley. Unfortunately the victories were short-lived as Radley and Cheltenham added St Edward’s to their list of ‘Ws’. In the final match of the term the omnipotent Sam Hunter was again the only player who struck gold, preventing an Oratory walkover. Then came the second term – which we knew would be tough due to the loss of Sam Hunter, our 1st string player. At Bradfield all of the 1st V had tight matches in an overall result that saw us lose 2-3. However, Charlie Harries-Jones and

Alfie MacGibbon played particularly well to secure our two victories. At Stowe the 1st V lost the fixture 1-4 but 2nd string Charlie Harries-Jones achieved a superb 3-2 victory. The Squash club then went to Cheltenham and again the 1st V lost 2-3 but there were superb victories for Charlie Harries Jones and Freddie Kerr-Dineen. We had a much tougher time against Radley with both the Colts and 1st V losing convincingly. The only highlight was an impressive 3-0 victory from Sam Lebus in the Colts match. The Squash club ended the season with another tough outing against Stowe. The 1st V had something of a collapse losing the fixture 0-5. Congratulations to the Colts side which was far more successful than the senior team in terms of wins. Thanks must go to Mr Howitt for leading our teams with passion and for providing high quality training matches, where we would take on his trundling power. I think the only few matches I won this season were against him. Thanks also to Ross Gore, the silky skilled squash pro. He was instrumental in our training and his coaching was, and I’m sure still is, second to none.

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Friends of St Edward’s For families of OSE, the Friends of St Edward’s offers an invaluable way of staying in touch with each other after our children leave. We do invite you to share news and information on this page, please contact friends@stedwards.oxon.sch.uk. Telephone: 01865 319239 Email: friends@stedwards.oxon.sch.uk

Friends of St Edward’s Committee 2010–11 The Warden President Brenda MacRitchie Chair & UVIth Form Representative Elena Fletcher Vice-Chair and IVth Form Representative Laura Mitchell Honorary Secretary and Vth Form Representative Pamela Keeley-Butler Secretary to the Friends Neville Creed Staff Representative Sue McQueen Former Parent Representative Sue Jackson Former Parent Representative Josephine Davies Former Parent Representative Philip Lea UVIth Form Representative Ania Ogston LVIth Form Representative

Jane Owen Talk ‘The Erotic Garden’ Friday 19th March 2010 (Spring Term) The Friends of St Edward’s were delighted to welcome back Jane Owen, writer, editor, broadcaster and co-chair of the Chelsea Flower Show design forum to the Martyrs Pavilion for an entertaining and informative presentation on ‘The Erotic Garden’. The audience spent a most enjoyable and amusing evening as the curious story of British sensuality expressed in landscaping, gardens and plants was revealed. The Martyrs Pavilion proved to be an excellent venue and the Friends were delighted that so many past parents and garden enthusiasts from the wider Oxfordshire community were able to support the evening and give so generously to the charity ‘Aspire’ which provides support for the homeless by providing sustainable employment opportunities. Jane was at the 2010 Chelsea Flower Show with a rainforest garden she built with the help of indigenous African women to raise awareness about threats from hunting, logging and mining to their way of life and to the rainforest. You can read more about it on her website: http://www.janeowen.co.uk

Helen Wells LVIth Form Representative Laura Mitchell Vth Form Representative Belinda Schicht Vth Form Representative Emma Charlton IVth Form Representative Lucy Slater Shell Representative

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The Warden with Freddie Strickland (in full chemical suit) and Martin Asser

Martin Asser Talk: ‘Travels with my Flak Jacket’ Friday 11th June 2010 (Summer Term) On Friday 11th June, the Friends of St Edward’s welcomed Martin Asser, until recently a Middle East Correspondent for the BBC and currently their SEO specialist, to a packed North Wall for his talk entitled ‘Travels with my Flak Jacket’. He and his wife, Laila, have two sons at St Edward’s. Asser’s career with the BBC started in 1995 and he has spent the past ten years reporting on events in the Middle East. As an Arab speaker, Asser’s reporting style was to speak to the people “on the street” and get on the ground information and perspectives from those being affected by the news events. He has covered the major events in the region since 2002 and during his talk conveyed the terror, humour and sadness of these events through a combination of describing his personal experiences and reading of stories he filed at the time. Asser had the audience laughing about his time at “hostile environment training” in the leafy environs of Berkshire, meant to approximate harsh war-torn countries around the

world. We felt his fear as he described his encounter with an angry Iraqi brandishing a large screw driver buttressed by a hostile crowd in the aftermath of the US invasion of Iraq. We also felt his sadness at the Lebanese families displaced during the conflict with Israel in 2006. Thanks have to be given to Lower Sixth member, Freddie Strickland, who dressed in full chemical suit and flak jacket to show us what protective clothing has to be worn in a war zone. There were some excellent questions from the audience, particularly from the students in attendance, and overall the audience felt privileged to hear about first-hand reporting from a region that is so much in the news. All proceeds from the event were given to the Oxford Ramallah Friendship Association, a non-sectarian voluntary organisation building grassroots links between groups and individuals in Oxford in the UK and Ramallah in Palestine promoting understanding and friendship. The evening raised £1,477.57.


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Future Friends Events 2011/12 Friday 18th November 2011 Friends’ Coffee Morning for all parents – North Wall, 12.15 p.m.

Friday 2 December 2011 An Hour with Stephen Jones Friends Event to welcome the Warden. A chance to get to know the Warden Stephen Jones, at a drinks reception and hear him interviewed by Jonny Saunders MCR (ex BBC Radio 2)

Saturday 21st January 2012 Friends' Quiz Night See website for details

Gary Waldhorn’s ‘Journey from Shakespeare to Dibley’ – Friday 8th October 2010 (Autumn Term) The Friends of St Edward’s were delighted to welcome Gary Waldhorn on Friday 8th October, to speak on his ‘Journey from Shakespeare to Dibley’ to a packed audience in the Dining Hall. Sitting around candlelit tables, over 100 guests followed Gary’s engaging tale as he tracked his long and successful career on stage both here in the UK and in the USA, acting alongside legendary names such as Dame Judi Dench. Gary was the quintessential Englishman in New York, having been brought up in that city and returning to work there many times during his career. His love though was Shakespeare, which he returned to on a number of occasions

during his talk, after describing other achievements such as ‘Sleuth’ and ‘Waiting for Godot’, and of course ‘The Vicar of Dibley’. The prospect of working with so many comic actors made him agonise at first about how to play David Horton, and he was much relieved when he was told to “play it straight”. Few will forget his delivery during the evening of Shylock’s speech from the ‘Merchant of Venice’. Gary is Patron of the charity Malawi Dream, one of the 165 international charities St Edward’s supports, and the Friends were thrilled that the evening raised £1,400. Sonia Waters, who founded the charity in 2005, explained that the monies raised will go towards

Gary Waldhorn’s Journey from Shakespeare to Dibley sponsoring pupils of Likoma Secondary School, for their fees, uniform and equipment. This was a memorable evening and the Friends greatly appreciated the generosity of the guests attending,

and the gift of Gary’s time and passionate commitment to Malawi Dream. For further information about Malawi Dream, please visit www.malawidream.com

Highland Fling:

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22nd January 2011 (Spring Term)

16th March 2011 (Spring Term)

In January, the Friends of St Edward’s banished the winter blues by welcoming 125 parents, grandparents, staff and pupils to a very successful Highland Fling. Upper Sixth pipers Cameron MacRitchie and Hamish Atkinson bravely withstood the freezing temperatures to pipe everyone into the New Hall, where guests mingled with a glass of wine before taking their tables. The Rockall Ceilidh Band set an energetic pace on the dance floor which remained full right up until the end. As well as the usual favourites, the ‘Dashing White Sergeant’ and the ‘Gay Gordons’, the band led the packed floor with entertaining large scale dances. ‘The Cumberland Square’ proved great fun to watch, and to be part of, as the ladies were literally spun off the ground! Thankfully, no major injuries occurred, and it was great to relax between dances around candlelit tables with a wonderful selection of cheeses and fruit beautifully prepared by the School catering team. The Committee should also like to thank Max Narula and Miles Fisher for their help taking photographs and setting up for the event. It was a fantastic evening for furthering friendships across all age groups while raising over £800 for the School’s Bursary Fund.

This year, The Friends of St Edward’s held its first event in London. Seventy guests took the opportunity to get together and socialise, enjoying drinks and canapés in a beautifully presented reception room at the offices of Jones Day due to the kind hospitality of managing partner and current parent Russell Carmedy. Warden Andrew Trotman attended the event with Registrar Sarah Munden and Marketing Manager Tracy van der Heiden. Many thanks to the Friends Committee members who organised this event: Emma Charlton, Jo Davies, Elena Fletcher, Ania Ogston and Helen Wells. We are also grateful to Mia Charlton (J, IV), Lily Davies (M, LVI) and Emily Fletcher (J, LVI) who came down from Oxford to assist. Guests enjoying the London Drinks Event and Mia Charlton (left) assisting

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President: Nigel Phelps (G, 1957 – 1962) Vice President: Revd David Wippell (Honorary Chaplain to SES Society) Honorary Secretary to the SES Society: Charlie Baggs Secretary to the SES Society: Pamela Keeley-Butler

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President’s report A message from Andrew Cherry, outgoing President (B, 1957 – 1960) My year as President of the Society seems to have flown by. When I became President of the St Edward’s School Society nobody warned me that the year would pass so quickly, and like many such offices, just as you are learning the ropes, the whistle blows for full-time. I count myself lucky to have followed John Bishop who left the office in very good shape and to have had the support of the Vice President, Nigel Phelps. The Society has a membership which is estimated at six thousand people. It should be noted that membership is not restricted to only former pupils, but is also open to the Warden on appointment to the school and to members of the Common Room, who after five years service become life members. In addition the Committee has the power to elect Honorary Members who may have rendered conspicuous service to the school or to the Society. The object of the Society is fairly succinct and “is to maintain the traditions and promote the interests of the School and to encourage mutual help between those who are and have been connected with it.” It should be noted that it is not a function of the Society to raise funds for the School. The Society is run from the first floor of the Lodge in the Quad where there is notice board containing news of OSE. Charlie Baggs who was House Master of Kendall (formally Corfe) is the Honorary Secretary. Philippa Minty, who was the Secretary, moved to London during the year and Charlie’s daughter, Sarah took over on a temporary basis. Subsequently Pamela Keeley-Butler has taken on the role of Alumni Relations Officer working alongside Rebecca Ting the Development Director.

The events during my year largely followed the previous year. A highlight has to be the East Anglian Regional Lunch held in October hosted by the Master of St John’s College, Cambridge Professor Christopher Dobson, in his lodgings at the college. We were blessed with a brilliantly sunny day which added to the splendour of the buildings and surroundings. Sadly there was only room for 60 people. The summer Special Gaudy was held in June for former pupils who entered the school between 1962 – 1967 and 1992 – 1997. In an attempt to improve numbers, thought is being given to increasing the size of the year groups. The Midlands Dinner was a success, being held in The Great Hall of the 14th Century Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick, thanks to the generosity of its Master. Other events included the London Cocktail Party held in the London Rowing Club on the Thames Embankment at Putney attracting some 70 people. This has turned into a very popular event. The Henley Tea Party was a success with an increasing number of rhubarb blazers appearing, dying to have their photos taken. At the January Committee Meeting, held in London at the East India Club, we were delighted that the new Warden, Stephen Jones, was able to be present giving all who attended the opportunity to meet him. Your President explained, with tongue in cheek, that it was the old boys who owned the School, not the parents or the Governors! There has been some concern that the number at some of the events has not been as strong as we would have liked. Whilst this may be true, Charlie Baggs has conferred with his opposite number at similar schools and it would seem that Teddy’s is no better or worse. The 150th Anniversary of the foundation of the School occurs in 2013 with the Governors planning suitable celebrations which the Society will wish to support and participate. The final event of my term of office was the AGM and Annual Dinner. Nigel Phelps was elected President for 2011 – 2012 with David Wippell Vice President and I wish them a successful and enjoyable year. In conclusion, it has been a great honour to be President of the Society and to reacquaint myself with the School and the community of St Edward’s. Although the School has expanded considerably over the years, it still has not lost that comfortable feel about it and is clearly unspoilt by progress.


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The President of the Society A Message from the New President of the Society – Nigel Phelps (G, 1957 – 1962) It is with great pleasure and no little trepidation that I embark on my year as President of our very special Society. I hope and intend, with the help and support of our Vice President David Wippell and the Committee, to maintain everything that is good and positive that we have inherited from those who have preceded us and to address the issues of today in a constructive manner. In that spirit I am inspired by words in the Society’s Rule #2: ‘The objects of the Society are to maintain the traditions and promote the interests of the School and to encourage mutual help between those who are and have been connected with it’. The outlook for young people leaving Teddy’s in 2011 is just about as bleak as it can be despite all their obvious advantages of family and schooling. Universities are encouraged to favour other less fortunate applicants; politicians scorn the ‘old boy’ network route to internships and the jobs market is as difficult as it has been for many a long year. Young OSE need all the help they can get on leaving school and later on also when they leave university. This is where ‘mutual help’ comes in and where I believe older OSE can be of invaluable assistance. Many are already doing so which is wonderful news but more can only be better. I plan to find ways in the next year whereby the Society can foster this support between the ages and we will be seeking the ways and means to ensure that it happens. What the Society does do is organise ‘Events’ and these can undoubtedly form the basis for the networking that will deliver on my aspiration. Making these events more attractive and accessible to young OSE is central to my overall objective for my year in office and I encourage all OSE to respond positively to any new initiatives.

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A Message from Pamela Keeley-Butler Alumni Relations Officer – appointed March 2011

On the subject of events, we have just, as I write, had the first of the year – the Midlands Dinner at the Bell, Alderminster. Excellently organised it was a wonderful evening. Sadly the only young present were members of the Common Room and the Development and Alumni Office but this did not spoil a most enjoyable evening for the OSE present. It just highlighted the point about needing to get more mixed ages at our events if we wish to encourage ‘mutual help’. We clearly have work to do. I would like, before signing off, and as his last year at Teddy’s draws to a close, to express our heartfelt thanks to the Warden for his very successful tenure and for all he has achieved. I am sure we all wish him every success in the future. Finally, I want to thank a number of other people whose support and help are already proving invaluable. John Bishop – who caught me at an unguarded moment whilst playing golf at a Martyrs event and persuaded me to stand; Andrew Cherry my predecessor who steered us through the last year with consummate skill and calm; Charlie Baggs who keeps everything rolling so well and so, seemingly, effortlessly; Phillipa Minty and Sarah Baggs who did all the nitty gritty bits of office work without which the Society would likely have ground to a halt and lastly, but by no means least, Rebecca Ting, recently appointed Director of Development and Alumni Relations and Pamela Keeley-Butler who has recently joined us to support Rebecca on all OSE matters and who has already been very active.

Pamela joined the team at St Edward’s as Alumni Relations Officer at the end of March 2011. Pamela is the day-today contact for OSE, Martyrs and the Friends of St Edward’s. She manages communications, committees and events for these groups including the 'sesonline' website and the OSE Newsletter. She is also the editor of the OSE publication, rhubarb. Pamela lived in North Wales as a child before spending the majority of her school years and early working life in Australia. She started her career at the YWCA before spending a decade in a large regional hospital as an administrator for the Speech Pathology, Audiology and Medical Records Departments. This set her up for a life-long love of working closely with people. In 1992 Pamela took a year off to travel to the United States, Canada, UK and Europe. After this year away, she realised that she wished to stay in the UK and went on to develop her career in many different sectors including working as a nanny, a PA to a Parliamentary Candidate, PA and Practice Manager in a senior executive charity recruitment company and latterly as the sole Administrator

for St Columba’s Church of Scotland in London. She has gained much experience in working with people from all walks of life and running events both large and small for marketing, fellowship, fundraising and fun! Pamela recently married and has relocated to Oxfordshire where she lives with her husband Paul. She is excited about her new life away from London and being part of the community of St Edward’s. She looks forward to tackling the new challenges ahead and meeting as many new people as possible. In her spare time Pamela enjoys gardening, swimming, walking, photography, travel and entertaining. She and Paul have recently enjoyed holidays in Germany, Switzerland and Austria and her goal is to have a working knowledge of German, by the end of 2011, time permitting! As an OSE, parent or friend of St Edward’s you will be very welcome to get in touch or visit; please do make yourself known to Pamela.

NEWS OF OSE OSE are encouraged to send any news, which they consider will be of interest to contemporaries and to the School, to the OSE Office. We warmly welcome stories and photos of OSE, their families and friends, both during and after their time here. We would like to ask for help from OSE to inform us of OSE who have passed away. Changes of address, email etc should also be notified to the OSE Office directly. The OSE Office is upstairs in the Lodge and we warmly welcome visits from any OSE who are passing or visiting the school. St Edward’s School Society, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 7NN Tel: 01865 319 438 ose@stedwards.oxon.sch.uk

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L’Étape du Tour 2010

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n July 2010 I was offered the opportunity to cycle L’Étape du Tour. The ‘Étape’ is a one day stage of the Tour de France, organised by ASO, the Tour organisers for amateur cyclists. Traditionally it is a key stage of the Tour and usually the most difficult one. This was to be no exception; 181 kilometres in the Pyrenees including three of the major mountain passes; the Col du MarieBlanque, the Col du Solour and the famous Col du Tourmalet (or ‘terrible mountain‘). To prepare for what I knew was to be a gruelling ride I took part in numerous sportives to build up my stamina and to get used to long hours on the saddle! As spring progressed into summer I started to have

niggling doubts – would I be able to complete this ride and if so would I be able to do it within the strict time limits and avoid ‘The Broom Wagon’ – the van that follows the riders and collects any that are too slow. A week’s mountain road cycling in the Swiss Alps, where I practised climbing 5,000 meters in a day, completed my preparations and gave me a little more confidence. On July 18th at 5.45 am, along with 10,000 other cyclists from 43 different countries, I entered the starting pen in the city of Pau with more than a little trepidation. The official start time was 07:00 but because of the massed start I had to wait 5 minutes before I could even start to edge forward with one foot Col du Tourmalet

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clipped in. Twenty minutes on and I could eventually clip both feet onto the pedals and we were finally off. Before I knew it we were hurtling downhill and then along the flats and out of Pau towards Jurençon. There was little room for manoeuvre, so I took it easy and was cautious – not wanting to end my day prematurely. The first 10 kilometres was fairly quick (40 plus kilometres per hour) and though I was conscious of the fact that I was going too quickly, there was nowhere to go. Slowing down wasn’t an option, neither was going left or right; it was just too busy. We headed out of the town and into the countryside on the edge of Jurençon on a very nice wide road, so I sat in a pack going a little too fast but loving it. Signals and shouts (in a variety of languages) from fellow riders helped to avoid the speed bumps and traffic calming measures. We rolled effortlessly along. The undulations started and we hit a small hill with a gradient of 8%. Spirits were high and everyone powered enthusiastically up it. I went with the flow and all felt good. Before I knew it we were at the bottom of the Col du Marie-Blanque the first real mountain climb of the day. Starting at around 6-8% and then ramping up to 10% in no time we hit a bottleneck of riders caused by the sheer number of cyclists and an

ambulance attending one of the many accidents of the day. All you could hear was the synchronised heavy breathing of already flagging cyclists. The views at the top were magnificent; however there was no time to stop. The descent was staggeringly fast. I reached my maximum speed of the day at 80 kilometres per hour. Descending is almost as physically demanding as climbing as you try to avoid touching other cyclists around you. One error of line on the hairpin bends and you’re over the edge of the mountain. Unfortunately, the ambulances were going to have a busy day. Following the descent was about 40 kilometres of flat. I tucked into the peloton and continued on towards the next major climb, the Col du Solour. Within metres of passing the sign to the Col du Solour the road ramped up and never relented for the next 13 kilometres. It was extremely hot by this point, about 35°C with not a cloud in the sky. Feeling good I started the climb fairly quickly. I could have counted the people who passed me on one hand. The descent was fantastic; 30 kilometres of downhill, perfect tarmac not needing to pedal or touch the brakes. By this time I was two hours ahead of the corresponding cut off time. For the first time I started to feel confident that I would complete the event.


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The Opening of the Brian Jones Long Room Almost immediately exhaustion started to kick in, probably as a result of me charging up the previous mountain and having already cycled 140 kilometres without a break. The following section, from Esterre (the base of the Col du Solour) to Bareges (base of the Tourmalet) seemed constantly up hill, giving hardly any relief at all before the dreaded Col du Tourmalet. When the Tourmalet comes into view, it’s frightening and awesome in equal measures. It’s an 8% average gradient for 24 kilometres coming after almost 160 kilometres. By this point it was mid-afternoon and I had been on the bike for seven and a half hours. Tourists and villagers in their hundreds lined the Tourmalet cheering us with shouts of encouragement and holding out cold drinks or offering to pour cold mountain water over our heads to cool us down as we ground our way up the hill. For some riders this had come too late; I saw numbers of riders pushing their bikes as a result of sheer exhaustion. I even saw riders pedal to a complete standstill then fall over utterly spent, whilst others were sitting on the roadside stretching their aching limbs or groaning with cramp. I wanted to join them but I knew that if I got off my bike I would never get back on it. The most daunting sight is that you could see the summit of the mountain from the start of the climb 24 kilometres away. The road looked like it would never end and all you could see for miles in front and behind were tired cyclists, heads bowed, weaving drunkenly up the sun-baked hill. Eventually I reached the mountain top finish with a time of about nine and a half hours. The sense of achievement was incredible. Out of the 10,000 cyclists that started in Pau more than 3,000 either failed to finish or were taken off the course by 'The Broom Wagon’. I had never felt so physically exhausted in my life but it was a great experience that I will never forget. Gabriel (Gabs) Mynheer (B, 2002 – 2007)

Friday 20th May 2011 saw the re-opening of the splendidly restored Old Pavilion, which now sits proudly alongside the Martyrs Pavilion. The original pavilion has always been an important part of the vista over the fields from the Woodstock Road and the restoration greatly enhances that prospect. At the re-opening ceremony Derek Henderson (A, 1939–1944), former Common Room and friend of Brian Jones (C, 1938–1942), unveiled a plaque which names the Pavilion Long Room the Brian Jones room. Brian Jones was one of six brothers, all of whom were at the Dragon School and three of whom (the others being Graham and Francis) came on to St Edward’s. Brian was a truly outstanding allround Teddy’s sportsman. He was Captain of both Swimming and Athletics and Secretary of Rugby. His school records for the long jump, 220 yards and 200 meters still stand. Derek Henderson has this recollection of Brian at the long jump pit, “I watched his great leap in 1940 when he easily broke the middle school record and would also have broken the senior record had he not been wrongly adjudged to have placed his hand in the pit two feet back. Witnesses clearly saw that his hand was outside the pit but Stanley Tackley would have none of it and measured the jump from where his hand had landed. In all my time, both as boy and beak, he was the finest athlete the school produced”. On leaving St Edward’s, Brian was one of that remarkable and now dwindling generation who left school and went straight to war. He served in the Home Fleet in battleships and then re-trained and at dawn on 6th June 1944 commanded a landing craft which brought tanks and troops ashore on Gold Beach. After the war, he went to Cambridge to read Estate Management and to continue his sporting career. He swam and played water polo for the university and played in one of the most famous

Derek Henderson and Warden Trotman unveiling the plaque to open the Brian Jones Room-2011 varsity rugby matches in 1949 (the match of Kendall-Carpenter’s famous tackle). He played representative rugby and county hockey until the later 1950s Brian lived and worked in Oxford for the rest of his life. He was a

frequent visitor to the school both as a parent – his son is Chris Jones (C, 1968–1972) – and also an OSE. He died on 1st February 2011 in the knowledge that the Long Room is to carry his name. His funeral was held in the Chapel.

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Sam Waley-Cohen (C, 1995 – 2000)

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allows, could just get one over on Messrs McCoy and Walsh and take the greatest prize in steeple chasing. Meet Sam on a racecourse and you wonder how on earth he does it. Always relaxed, always with time for a chat and always, it seems, at ease with the world even though he is about to get on board a horse, jump fences and go about a business that most of us would approach with a man in a white coat nearby. And at the back of my mind was the knowledge that however Long Run got on, Sam was already eyeing that great, nation stopping piece of sporting magic, the Grand National three weeks later. I had interviewed Sam the day before – and it was that interview being played on the local radio station that overcast Friday morning I was listening to as I drove into the track. A crowd of more than 70,000 was to be packed into a course that becomes a Mecca for pilgrims from near, across the Irish Sea and far, for the week each March. The expectancy was almost unequalled in anything I had ever experienced in nearly a quarter of a century doing this job.

There was Sam and Long Run, but to say the least the opposition was ‘formidable’. Three previous winners – Imperial Commander (trained by an old Radleian) and those wonderful old warriors Kauto Star and Denman. Three and a quarter miles and 22 fences – more than two circuits of the famous track. Sam sits quietly, picking his rivals off one at a time. Turning for home it was down to four. Sam stalked Kauto Star and Denman as looming behind came What a Friend, carrying the colours of Sir Alex Ferguson (surely he, of all people wasn’t going to spoil it – was he?) At the second last Sam made his move – his father losing his voice below me in the huge throng as I watched from the roof – at the last he took it up, the decibel count reached its climax, and Sam faced the long (well everyone says it is from the bottom) climb up Cheltenham Hill to glory. It took about 15 seconds. It must have seemed an eternity for the man on board. Then reality – my words I think were ‘Steeple chasing acclaims its new Champion, Long Run and Sam Waley-Cohen win the Gold Cup.’

It’s no secret there were tears in the Winner's Enclosure afterwards. Sam has the initials of his brother Tom, who so sadly lost his fight with cancer, sewn into his saddle and with typical modesty, Sam has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds to fund a ward in his name at the John Radcliffe Hospital. How Tom must have been looking down and smiling. How everyone lucky enough to be there had lumps in their throat. In a radio interview heard in places as far away as Australia, Sam told me minutes after his Cheltenham heroics ‘It’s surreal. I am very fortunate to have the support of Dad and so many others. It’s the pinnacle of the sport and I just feel very lucky. It’s everyone’s ambition and you want it so much you can’t immediately believe it has happened.’ ‘What’s it like on Cloud Nine?’ I asked. ‘It’s pretty special up here’ he responded with that trademark chuckle. It was pretty special on terra firma too. But there was no time to rest on those laurels – we all knew Sam had two other important dates in his diary for 2011. There was his wedding this summer to his beloved Bella (and we are told an attendance at another important wedding earlier in the year), but before that, and just three weeks on, he had an engagement over the

‘Photos courtesy of Cheltenham Racecourse’

At Christmas (2010) we (or should that be the tabloid press who think they speak on our behalf) will nominate the Man of the Year. But never in a million years, even if you confined the vote to sport alone would they vote for one Sam Waley-Cohen. How wrong can they be! Consider these credentials. In January riding Long Run, owned by his father, Sam won the re-arranged King George the Sixth Chase, ending hopes that a great British Institution Kauto Star would win the prestige race for the fifth year running. But that was only the beginning. I’ve been so lucky in my career and this was the 20th year, as Racing Correspondent, I had covered the Cheltenham Festival. So many memorable moments – Kauto Star’s three Gold Cups, Istrabaq, Tony McCoy – but this year there was an extra spring in my step taking the well trodden path down the A40 the second week in March. The reason? A genuine belief that Sam, who let us remember is a jockey in his spare time, when his work as Chief Executive of his Portman Health Care


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Dr GJH McCall awarded Geological Society’s Distinguished Service Award An Extract from GEO Ex Pro Magazine Feb 2011

Sam Waley-Cohen on Long Run in the Winner's Circle famous fences on Oscar Time, who would carry the Long Run colours in the Grand National. Sam and those famous Aintree fences are old adversaries. Liberthine and Katarino have both carried our hero to glory over them but this was different. Two circuits, 30 fences and 39 rivals – and all that as an amateur, so without the lure of a decent riding fee at the end. Sam’s mount was Oscar Time, trained in Ireland and a horse that Sam had ridden as it squelched its way to an eye catching finish in a warm up race. Could he achieve the impossible? A walk across the Mersey had been booked – according to a few wags who had made the journey to Aintree, which they were sure Sam would take in his stride if… Trying to keep track of 40 horses is something I find challenging enough on National day but as they came back across the Melling Road with two to jump it became quite clear that Sam was going so well. Surely he couldn’t, could he? If it’s a long way up Cheltenham Hill, the run from the last fence at Aintree, all 494 yards of it is an absolute marathon – just ask those old enough to remember Devon Loch. It was Ballabriggs in front at the last, round the Elbow, and agonisingly for Sam, at the line.

You would guess that for just short of 10 minutes for any normal man, the ride on Oscar Time would have been the thrill of a lifetime. But Sam is no ordinary man, and the genuine warmth with which the likes of Ireland’s number one Ruby Walsh have spoken of him speaks volumes for the man and the horseman. And, it seems, his success has made an impression long beyond the world of racing. In an email to me just a couple of hours after the Gold Cup an eminent member of MCR revealed ‘I put some of my beer money on and I have just been to Ladbrokes to collect the loot’. Message to Sir – start saving now! While I still have the text Sam sent me as we made our separate ways out of Aintree ‘So Annoying but an Awesome Day. Next year!’ Message to Self – start thinking of new words to hit the airwaves next year – you will need them. Message to all at St Edward’s – Sam Waley-Cohen (OSE) has done every single one of us proud in 2011, and, one suspects, he and Long Run ain’t finished yet! Mike Vince (G, 1972 – 1976)

(Sam and Bella were married on 11th June 2011 in Lambourn, Oxfordshire.)

“If I had my life again, I’d still be a geologist” declares Dr Joe McCall... Joe did not initially realise that geology was to be his calling... he initially went to Imperial College in London to study Chemistry. But while there he attended a couple of lectures on geology given by the legendary H. H. Read, and immediately knew that it was the subject for him. It was several years before he could follow Dr GJH McCall (A, 1934-1938) the realisation that geology was his calling, because World War II intervened and in 1940 he was called up to join the Army. There followed five years in the Royal Army Service Corps, where he was involved in capturing Madagascar from Vichy French forces. Working with African troops in Kenya and Tanzania, he learnt Swahili – a skill that was later to prove surprisingly valuable in his geological career.” Joe has authored or edited 17 books and hundreds of papers, and in addition to the most recent Geological Society award, he was awarded the Geological Society’s Coke Medal in 1994 and the Distinguished Service Award of the International Union of Geological Sciences in 1997. He is still writing and editing despite Anno Domini.

An Extract from the Citation from the Award Ceremony given by Dr Ted Nield NUJ FGS “It will amaze many to know that Joe actually retired in 1991, after a long career spent mainly overseas in Kenya and Australia. However most people today associate his name with our Fellowship magazine, Geoscientist, on whose Editorial Board he is the longest-serving member, having been involved with more than 200 issues. To this day, Joe also proof-reads the second proof of every issue as the Editor’s “second pair of eyes”. Joe has always been inspired by the idea that Earth scientists work in restricted specialist fields and need to have other fields interpreted for them. His particular “beat” however is very wide, embracing the Archaean, Vendian/ Ediacaran fossils (about which he published a 229 page monograph in 2006), hominin research in the Rift Valley, carbonatites, caldera volcanoes, mass extinctions, plate tectonics, diamond and gold occurrences, environmental geology, meteoritics (including impact processes and tektites), planetology, asteroids, comets and “exoplanets”. During his years with Geoscientist he has commissioned contributions from colleagues (Patrick Moore included), especially from Australia. Joe has written a number of review volumes for the Society, and edited several Special Publications. In 1997 he helped convene a Fermor meeting on meteoritics, the last at which Gene Shoemaker appeared before his tragic death in Australia. Joe was also lead editor for SP140 arising from it. Joe then joined the History of Geology Group (HOGG), and organised a meeting on the History of Meteoritics in 2004 at the Natural History Museum, and was lead editor of SP256. He also wrote a Society book about tektites, Showers of Glass from the Sky, published in 2001. In 2005 he was brought onto the editing team of the Elsevier Encyclopaedia of Geology as Consulting Editor and reviewed 100 articles – besides writing 16 entries himself and covering extraterrestrial aspects of Earth science. Now, still prolifically active in his 91st year, Joe continues to set the pace for the rest of us in his contributions to the Society’s meetings and publications, especially its Fellowship magazine.”

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Three Assignments – working for Tearfund

It was July 2006 and I had been for four days in the sweltering heat of Kashmir on my first assignment with Tearfund. Nine months after the earthquake and I had three months to complete a water supply scheme to nine villages in these beautiful mountains. I had just realised the huge challenge ahead after I had worked out that there were 45 kilometres of pipeline to lay across steep mountains together with concrete tanks, tapstands and stream intakes, mostly to be constructed with volunteer local labour. The monsoon season was starting and Ramadan, when people would be unwilling to work in the day, was approaching. As I lay unable to sleep I reflected on how I came to be here; only a month before I had been finishing my contract with United Airlines at Heathrow. Looking for a new appointment, I came across an advert for a project manager to do water supply in Kashmir for three months. ‘That sounds interesting’ my wife agreed. Three hours of interviews and two weeks of induction later here I was. As I lay unable to sleep due to the heat in the converted shipping container we slept in, I tried to decide whether I should (1) go home and forget the whole thing – appealing, but slightly difficult to explain to all those who had sent me off only a few days earlier (2) accept that I would have to be here for at least six months – not so appealing and probably not good news for my family at home or (3) cut out the two villages we had not started. I decided (3) was the best option. Next day I discussed it with my boss Sarah. She was a tsunami experienced young English lady fresh from Indonesia. She confirmed that Tearfund had to leave in three months. I was called to an interagency meeting in the town where we were informed of two cholera cases in one of the villages I was thinking of cutting from our programme! So that ruled out option 3. How we achieved the work in three months still amazes me; but being a Christian organisation we did pray every day and I honestly have no other explanation. Since then, I have done three more similar assignments, all 174  |  St Edward’s Chronicle 2010/11

Jonathan Haydock with supplies for distribution between consultancy appointments at Heathrow Airport (my normal work), but not all water supply projects. In the last twelve months I have been in war torn Darfur, earthquake stricken Haiti and the flooded Indus Delta of Pakistan. In almost every case we have been doing emergency relief such as food and shelter distribution, then water and sanitation along with hygiene promotion, shelter and school reconstruction and also assisting people to restart businesses and agriculture. Generally I have managed a team of about 75 local staff along with a handful of expats. So, what is it like? Of course in all disaster locations you come face to face with people in the most desperate situations. Culture shock of both going and coming back is an issue, especially at first. There is also

the satisfaction of feeling you are doing something really worthwhile and the enjoyment of getting to know and work with diverse people, understanding their culture and their needs and being able to help them in a time of crisis. In most places, especially Darfur, security is also a major issue. Two years ago twelve of the biggest agencies were expelled by President Bashir. The government is suspicious of aid agencies. There have also been a number of kidnappings of expats and at one point we pulled all expats back to Khartoum. You cannot go out of the main towns; travel everywhere is by UN helicopter. In Haiti security is also a concern but the most striking thing is the sheer scale of the destruction especially in Port au Prince where

thousands are still living in tents on pieces of waste land – wherever there is any space. Realistically, the challenge is way beyond a few aid agencies to solve in the short or medium term. Here, Tearfund are working in some rural areas and school reconstruction is a major activity to help communities to re-establish a more normal way of life. Often establishing children’s clubs is an excellent way of both communicating some key health messages and bringing psychosocial support to traumatised children. In Pakistan our main activity was to assist farmers who had lost a rice crop to quickly sow a sunflower crop before the ground dried out, so that they could get a harvest in three months to repay the money they owed for the original rice planting. In the meantime we gave support with food distributions monthly. These poor tenant farmers have to give 75% of their crop to the landowner and they live in abject poverty despite the fertility of the Indus Delta. On a personal level it has been hard to be away from the family for so long, and the living conditions can be difficult, but it is rewarding and you make many friends and meet interesting people. Pakistani people particularly are overwhelmingly hospitable. How could you get involved? Tearfund are always looking for project managers, finance managers, logisticians, HR managers and you could help by doing short term roles like I did. Graduates might consider an internship (project support officer) this is a normal route into overseas aid work possibly combined with a related degree. Sometimes volunteers are called for in the immediate aftermath of a disaster (e.g. a team from our church responded to the Kashmir earthquake). Obviously, you could give financially – Tearfund is a highly respected charity which I thoroughly recommend and they receive a proportion of funds raised by TV appeals by the Disasters Emergency Committee. Or you can do fund raising activities. Warning – this is not a highly paid profession! Jonathan Haydock (A, 1966 – 1971)


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How did we ever come to where we seem to be today? I have complained that no one I am interested in has entered anything about themselves and their post -Teddy’s lives on the SES Alumni website. I have been an American citizen for forty-two years and yes, of course I know it is not Brit to put our lives on show for everyone to see. But I’d still like to know what those of you I knew at Teddy’s have done with your lives. I was urged to set an example.  I left Teddy’s in 1950 to spend a year at Pomfret School in Connecticut. I so enjoyed my year there that when it was over, I postponed my departure until the very last minute – and cried my heart out as Lady Liberty’s light went out just as we sailed past her as the dawn was breaking. After doing my National Service and working three wasted years in a lumber-importing firm in Liverpool, I returned to Middlebury College in Vermont in 1957. From Middlebury I transferred to Princeton from where I graduated in 1960. I wanted to stay at Princeton and do graduate work in history, but my most revered mentor (at any point in my academic career: the distinguished historian of Germany, Gordon Craig) told me I couldn’t. “Go away and get your Masters degree, and then come back.” It was only four years later, as I was about to receive my PhD from the University of California at Berkeley that I suddenly remembered “Oh! I was

Michael Pulman supposed to be going back to Princeton, wasn’t I?” Berkeley was by far and away the most influential institution as far as the rest of my personal, professional and political life has been concerned. From the promise of the Sixties, probably most intoxicatingly savoured by us who were lucky enough to be at what was then regarded as the finest university in the world, most certainly on the cutting edge of the most exciting intellectual developments occurring anywhere, to paraphrase Eleanor in The Lion in Winter, how did we ever come to where we seem to be today? My first teaching job was at Florida State University in Tallahassee. It included an academic year in Florence as a member of the faculty of the inaugural year of the FSU Study Center there. I have loved Italy ever since.

OSE REUNION – HONG KONG On 9th June 2011 Piers Brunner (B, 1981-1985) hosted an event in Hong Kong for OSE. Piers reports, “Although there were only five OSE in attendance – others were away travelling; we had a great time. The attendees were Piers Brunner, Dr Richard Kay (E, 1967-1969) and wife, Nick Tonkinson (E, 1960-1965), Syd Wong (A, 1982-1986) and Tom Smith (D, 1972-1976). It was great as we got an update from all angles – the Kays have one son currently at St Edward’s and their daughter is soon to start. Nick’s son, James has recently left! We went to Jimmy’s Kitchen – an old traditional Hong Kong ‘watering hole’. We hope to hold another reunion in the near future. If you are in Hong Kong and would like to get in touch with Piers to attend the next event please contact the OSE Office via e-mail ose@stedwards.oxon.sch.uk

Santa Fe Botanical Gardens I eventually applied for a position at the University of Denver for personal reasons. My late partner, a Colorado native whom I had met at Berkeley, was dying of leukemia and pining for home. He died the year after we moved to Denver. One of my colleagues helped me through the most agonising period in my life and we have now been together for 38 years. The University of Denver went through a period, literally, of revolution in the latter part of the 1980s. I was the Chair of the Faculty Committee, and the Faculty lost. My partner and I put up with the new regime for another couple of years and then took early retirement in disgust. We moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, which I had first visited in 1951. I have probably bored people to death with far too constant reiteration of my father’s refrain: “How did I ever find time to work?” but it is only too true. A friend who was also a very active trustee of the University of Denver died a few years ago, the result of a botched operation. Her granddaughter visited her in the hospital when she knew she was dying and she wailed “I can’t die now;

I have so much to do.” That’s exactly how I feel – and I’ve survived three life-threatening operations. I have been involved in much community activity in one capacity or another here, the most important of which has been with, when I was recruited to its Board, an institution which did not have what its name – the Santa Fe Botanical Garden – implied it did: that is, a Garden. I have now spent nineteen years helping it to happen, and now, mirabili dictu, it finally looks as though it is going to. I have to add, in conclusion, that my interest in botanic gardens dates back to all those ghastly Sunday afternoons in the late forties when our parents came to visit and there was ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO (until the cinemas opened at four—and we had to be back for Chapel at six, so never saw the endings, the worst of which was Night Must Fall the ending of which I don’t think I have yet seen even in this DVD day) except to visit the Oxford Botanical Garden, still one of my favourites, even though I didn’t appreciate it until long after my days at Teddy’s. Michael Pulman (G, 1946-1950)

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90th Birthday Celebrations – an OSE and family reunion all in one! CJ Schinas  celebrated his 90th birthday in January 2011. Amongst the many friends joining in the birthday celebrations were Jim’s sons, Nick and Johnnie, and Nick’s old school-mates, Tony Wilson, Steve Brookson, and K (for Kingsley) Chadwick. Jim Schinas was a member of Tilly’s house from 1935 to 1938. He played rugby for the School and, indeed, continued to play until the age of forty when he injured his back in a scrum. During the war Jim served with the Royal Navy. Afterwards he joined The London Electric Wire Company and eventually became Sales Director. Jim played golf and was also a keen sailor who enjoyed racing a 26ft SCOD in the Solent with his first wife, Rosemary, and his two small sons. On retiring (at the age of 60) he set off to sail around the world with Rosemary and Nick, who was then aged 22. Johnnie, who had just turned 16, declined to join them. During the six year voyage, the Schinas family had many adventures, including shipwreck on a reef in Papua New Guinea. After Rosemary died, Jim eventually remarried. His second wife, Alexina, was one of his wartime sweethearts and the couple had not seen each other since he was 21! Having given up sailing, Jim, nevertheless, continues to travel – by big ship. Nicholas Anthony Schinas (Nick – b. October 1955) was in Tilly’s. He rowed for the school at various regattas, and still enjoys this pastime – albeit, he now rows a pulling dinghy instead of a scull. He can still beat all-comers, of all ages, provided that the crafts are fairly matched. After having sailed around the world with his parents Nick felt no desire to slot back into life in England, and so he got a job as a delivery skipper, sailing yachts from the Beneteau factory in Northern France across to the Caribbean and sometimes into the Pacific. It was during one of these trans-Atlantic delivery trips that he met his wife, Jill, who had also been sailing since birth. The young couple promptly set off to cruise the world again, intending this time to travel via the Beagle Canal 176  |  St Edward’s Chronicle 2010/11

Johnnie, Jim, and Nick Schinas seated, with Wilson, Chadwick, Brookson, and Caroline Hawkes behind them at Jim Schinas’ 90th Birthday) (about 20 miles north of Cape Horn). During the course of their adventures they travelled up the Amazon, where they got married, worked in Antigua (West Indies) where their oldest two children were born, spent two years cruising on the coast of West Africa, and sailed on the Rio Plata. Unfortunately, their journey came to a premature end when they were caught in hurricane-force winds off the Falkand Islands. Riding along in massive waves, estimated to be well over 50ft high, their yacht was capsized and desmasted, and the hatches were all torn off. After pumping for 19 hours the family was eventually rescued by an RAF Sea King. (Jill Schinas subsequently wrote a book about the seven year cruise and about the rescue: A Family Outing in the Atlantic. ISBN 978-0-9560722-1-4) Undaunted by this experience, Nick and his wife decided to build another, stronger boat. To this end, Nick taught himself to weld and the family set off, on a ship, for South Africa (where boat-building materials are much cheaper). The result of their labours was “Mollymawk” – a 50ft steel ketch which they launched in the year 2000. Nick and Jill continue to cruise with their oldest child, Caesar (20) and their youngest daughter, Roxanne (13). Their older daughter, 18-year-old Xoë, has been accepted for a London

university and is now working in England. None of the three children has ever been to school. They were all educated afloat, partly by their mother but also, in their later teenage years, through the use of correspondence courses. Johnnie Constantine Schinas (born August 1962) was also a member of Tilly’s. Although a keen sailor, rather than join the rest of the family as they set off around the world he chose to stay behind and work as a sound engineer in a recording studio. Abandoning this work some ten years later, Johnnie travelled around South America on foot. Afterwards he travelled in Africa and then in Thailand, where he met his partner, Sophie. The couple lived in Paris but after the birth of their first son, Noa, took up residence in the Schinas family home in London. Here, Johnnie has constructed his own recording studio and records his own music. Tony Wilson was at school at the same time as Nick Schinas and was in Mac’s. On leaving school he joined the Merchant Navy, where he qualified as a captain. Having girdled the world a few times, Tony settled down to serve on the cross-Channel ferries. On leaving the “merch” with a wealth of experience in this arena he was wellplaced to begin a quarterly magazine devoted to ferries. This soon led on

to other things, and Tony is now the owner and editor of a number of very exclusive marine-related magazines. Tony has houses in Babbacombe (Devon) and in Alicante (Spain) and divides his time equally between the two. He has never married and has no off-spring, so far as he is aware. As you will see from the photos, he has solved the problem of greying hair. Stephen Brookson (Steve) was in Tilly’s with Nick. He left school armed with an outstanding array of O and A-levels and went on to Reading University. He qualified as an accountant. Steve has two children by his second wife. He is currently based in Chelsea, with his third wife, but spends a fair bit of time working overseas. His big passion is motorcycling and he continues to ride around the countryside, in all weathers, on a big bike. Steve and Nick had not been in touch since the Schinas family set off to sail round the world, and thus they had a lot of catching up to do. Kingsley “K” Chadwick was also in Tilly’s with Nick. In contrast to his best mates, K was never caught smoking, breaking bounds, or playing hockey in the dormitory with a tin of lighted Duraglit. Thus he found time to be a good scholar, and he was also a Prefect and, eventually, Head of House. Despite this, the others continued to associate with him. On leaving school with a full-house of A grade A levels, K went to Oxford and then to University College London. He qualified as a doctor of medicine and is now the senior partner in his practice. K is married to Sarah and they have one child, called Joe. Also present at the birthday celebrations was Caroline Hawkes, who was Nick’s girlfriend during his sixth-form years. Caroline attended neighbouring Milham Ford Grammar School but spent so much time at St Edward’s that she was jokingly referred to by Tilly’s House-Master (Duncan “Dunk” Williams) as “an honorary student” of St Edward’s. Caroline is married with two children and lives in the West Country, but she has retained contact with the Schinas family. Jill Dickin Schinas


OSE News 1948 (B) J W Tait  who retired from HSBC in 1982 after 30 years of overseas service and now lives in Spain, has written an exciting book about his experiences in the Far East entitled The Obedient Banker with the sub-title From Bombay to Beverly Hills (A revealing insight into the unusual life of a colonial banker). This book is available from leading bookstores or online at an introductory price of £13.50 on the publishers’ website www. authorhouse.co.uk. The book’s ISBN is 978-1-4567-7139-3. Jeremy’s education at Teddy’s is mentioned in the book’s preamble on page V as well as in the Preface on page IX.

Henry Kendall Nature Reserve 1943 – (C) J M Hayman  has published an E-book, as has his grandfather and both are available as pdfs. at http://home.exetel.com.au. He has fond memories of Abrahamsen who was his first Head of School in 1938 and maybe less fond memories of swimming in the outside pool in the nude. He has also just moved. He is just by a lovely lake in New South Wales, Australia, and the picture is of a notice close by that mentions the past Warden H.E.K. He thought H.E.K. was very much his Warden, and his name-sake is a local legend here. The notice points to a Bush Reserve named after him. 1944 – (D) B J M Tovey  was awarded the KCMG in 1979. Sir Brian Tovey retired from being the director of GCHQ in 1983. Thereafter he held various posts in industry and together with his wife, Lady Mary Tovey, operated a small consultancy (Cresswell Associates). For the past 10 years he has worked as an independent Art Historian. He has one book published (in 2005), a second not yet published and a third in preparation currently. 1944 – (E) R Stuart-Prince  qualified as a chartered patent (agent) attorney in 1956 whilst working as a technical assistant with Gill, Jennings and Every. He and his wife (whom he married

in 1950) emigrated to the USA in 1957 when he worked in the patent department of AMP Inc. He was sent by AMP back to London in 1959 and eventually became the manager of its International Patent and Legal department. He retired in 1991. In retirement he has taken up beagling. 1945 – (G) I A G Walkington  is still alive and collecting rare editions of T E Lawrence (of Arabia) and John Buchan, and related stuff. He enjoys playing bridge as much as possible. 1946 – (G) C B Davis  informs us that he has “finally retired” from being a governor of King Edward’s School, Whitby and now enjoys pottering in the garden and travel. 1946 – (A) R B Powell  has started a new business involved with art, with his wife, since retiring 22 years ago. His wife has developed into a well known portrait painter and he is kept very busy cleaning and restoring oil paintings and water colours. 1947 – (B) J M Evers  informs us that, having spent the last nine years restoring an old 17th Century mill house, he and his wife are now enjoying a busy life but not one of constant building work. He says that being on Exmoor is a delight and that any OSE who find themselves nearby would receive a warm welcome.

1949 – (D) F H Moeton  has worked in the UK, Zimbabwe and South Africa, and now is enjoying retirement in Cyprus, where he and his wife have been for 16 years. 1950 – (G) T F Heinemann  retired from his own business at the age of 75, and now follows his main hobby – the visual arts. His time is taken up mainly by being Chair of a charitable group (the local part of a world-wide organisation) with cultural aspirations! He still goes cross-country skiing (Longland!) every winter, in Switzerland, and still drives himself there.

1951 – (G) M G Bennett  is enjoying retirement and serves on several Sheffield University committees. He has prepared some 16 PowerPoint presentations, ranging from nuclear power, ancient Greek and Roman engineering and architecture, to talks on Alaska and the west coast of South America and the Panama Canal. 1953 – (D) A B Hayne  has been living in the Czech Republic for the last 20 years but doesn’t speak Czech. He says it is easier to encourage others to learn English! He gives English conversation classes two or three times a week which he says is more like a comedy as they have some good laughs. The ages range from 12 to over 60 – people from all walks of life. He originally went to the Czech Republic for one week’s holiday in 1991, but became involved with a home for handicapped children for two and a half years. He says it was the most rewarding time of his life and was a great turning point, as he realised the great joy in self-giving. This was through simply teaching the children to make willow baskets! He informs us that although pushing 78 he still finds that days are never long enough. 1953 – (F) D R Vaudrey  spent March 2010 in Bangkok with his daughter Caroline, who is Vice Consul in the British Embassy. She took him to the Angkoi Temples in Cambodia and to the River Kwai Bridge and the cemetery for those who died building the Burma-Siam Railway. 1954 – (B) J P R Saunt  retired from the Royal Navy in 1973 and then went to study at Chichester Theological College (1973-1975). He was thereafter in Salisbury Diocese in parishes. He was also the chaplain of H.M. Prison Erlestoke from 19801994. He retired in 2001. 1954 – (E) D A H Grayling  is still dealing in fine and rare books in Westmorland, specialising in all field sports, natural history and other rural subjects. His business premises are in Shap village, five St Edward’s Chronicle 2010/11  |  177


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minutes from Exit 39 on the M6. He has clients worldwide, thanks to the internet, and is always delighted to meet OSE who are staying in the area, or travelling on the motorway; beverages & biscuits included.  1955 – (G) G A Dangerfield  (based in Kenya) wrote to us on a typewriter that was found on the Mayflower when it discovered America (and he was there at the time!). He found the mist in the picture used on the cover of the last Chronicle reminded him of days in the work block gazing longingly out of the window at the Lapwings as they flew over in groups. Port Meadow and Wytham were his old haunts and the postcard version of the front cover brought it all back. He even took it to Nairobi to see if he could have it enlarged and framed.  1956 – (D) C S Parkin  retired from the Royal Air Force in 1976 as a squadron leader and finally from teaching science at Lockers Park School, Hemel Hempstead in 1996. He has two sons and a daughter, who married Nicholas Patrick, a House Master at Aldenham School, Radley in July 2010. 1956 – (E) N J Hamilton  sent us in a wonderful email about the CCF article from the last Chronicle. An extract is included below. “When I was a boy at Teddy’s, the CCF was very relevant indeed – even if we loathed the “Fugg” parades. In my last term I was CSM of the recruits company and as Captain of Shooting a chum and great admirer of “Sam” Tero. I feature in the photograph on page 34 of your article. I am the boy marching (reasonably well) behind Maitland (aka “Platts”) Emmet. Why, you may ask? I had arranged with Tero that if I went to Corps Camp, I should be promoted Under Officer. Since I knew that within weeks I should be in the ranks of National Service. I considered it was relevant to get as many points as possible for W.O.S.B. (War Office Selection Board) i.e. Officer Selection. So off I went to Corps Camp as the Under Officer. When five years later I returned to the school as a member of MCR, I naturally joined the CCF – then as LT. Hamilton R.E. a bit of a “funny” as I was not a pure infantryman or “PBI” as we Sappers rudely called them. On the first “Fugg” parade I walked 178  |  St Edward’s Chronicle 2010/11

towards the immaculately turned out, as ever, RSM Tero, who proudly, I hope, threw me the smartest salute I ever received. Here was the man who had years earlier taken me for very many sessions of 20 minutes punishment drill. He was a great chap... Incidentally you will see from the photograph that I wear a white lanyard. I had thought I might go into the Gunners so I went on a Gunner course to the Isle of Wight with John Quinsee (2474) and discovered they were as rough as my Sapper Godfather had warned me! I fear this is normal R.E.R.A. rivalry. I note that J.A.Q. went into Parachutes – but he was training as a Gunner when we were at Mons OCS. There are two more points: first before the end of that final summer term leavers with Oxbridge places went for our medicals (by bicycle) to Headington. There we were told that if we went up at once we should probably miss National Service which was ending. And so it turned out to be as the brilliant John Leach (4710) discovered. The rest of us, even the nearly as brilliant Derek Roe (4623), joined up at once. He went into his County regiment, thence to the Intelligence Corps in which he served as a Corporal in Berlin. (Such is the cursus honorum for School Governors!) I liked Maitland Emmet who served the school and taught English well. Sadly, of course, he had a relevant and serious flaw. Second, again before the end of that last summer term Maitland Emmet had attended the W.O.S.B. at Westbury (Wilts) as an observer and after the exams he and his brother officers put on a mock W.O.S.B. at the School for all leavers. Personally I found this to be helpful.”

1959 – (G) G M Maclean  Although past retiring age, Murray continues to grow and sell woodland and hedgerow plants to local farmers, estates and conservation bodies. He has written two books recently that are in print: Farming and Forestry on the Western Front. 1915-1919 and Hedges and Hedgelaying (the later now being reprinted). His hobbies are writing and the restoration and riding of bicycles. 1960 – (A) A J Miller  is semi-retired and has recently become a consultant with Humberts Leisure. He has purchased an interest in the White Swan, Twickenham and says that all OSE are especially welcome! He continues as non-executive chairman of British Country Inns – a small pub company with 29 outlets. He is also an advisor to “pub is the hub”, part of the Prince’s Trust. Their aim is to improve services to rural areas by using the pub! 1961 – (B) R A Ewbank  has been ordained 41 years and tells us he has enjoyed every minute of it. He is still as busy as ever as parish priest and rural Dean. Overseas links take him to Uganda (Hoima) from time to time. He continues to enjoy family history, tennis, and golf (which he hopes to improve if and when he retires!). He is married to Rachel and they have grown-up children spread around the world as well as eight grandchildren. 1962 – (G) C J Anderson  has been appointed Master of the Salter’s Livery Company 2010 – 2011. Chris became a Liveryman in 1976 following his father’s (Hugh Anderson) year as Master.

1958 – (B) J Haynes  informs us that he is now “long retired!”, playing a lot of real tennis, trying to keep fit and enjoying grandparenthood. 1958 – (C) A M C Dunn  After an active ministry in the Manchester diocese, he went up to help as an associate minister at St Mark’s, Harrogate, initially full-time and then on a house for duty basis. He retired fully in 2009 and has lived just outside York since then, thankfully continuing his ministry in neighbouring parishes when required and supporting local groups within the parish, and also the ministry of the Minster on occasion.

Dr Christopher Anderson

Following hospital posts at The London, Chris spent a year as a Lecturer in Anatomy at the Medical College. Discovering that family life and a career in surgery were not compatible, he joined a General Practice in South Cambridgeshire, developing this Sawston Practice into a highly respected Teaching Practice, catering for Cambridge clinical students and G.P. trainees (now registrars). He was appointed a Tutor for the Royal College of General Practitioners and also a Clinical Teacher in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Cambridge. He developed an interest and expertise in the management of infertility, psycho-sexual medicine, and also in minor surgery. He has two daughters and three grandchildren, becoming a grandfather well before the age of 50. He has been married to his second wife Rabiah, born in Singapore, for ten years. 1962 (C) C W Sprague  has recently been elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. Chris has also recently become a grandfather again. (See OSE Births – Lye) 1963 – (C) J Gibb  has recently retired after 46 years in transport operations and manufacturing. Latterly he was HSE manager for Interbulk UK Ltd, an international bulk transport specialist based in Hull, East Yorkshire. Retirement will enable him to spend more time sailing and walking with his two border terriers. 1964 – (C) H D E Brooke  has been living in New Zealand and sent this message to the OSE Office. “We are astonishingly undamaged given that Christchurch has had over 7,000 earthquakes since last September and given that the central city is virtually destroyed and still cordoned off. Very frightening at the time but we were lucky that most of the force went away from us (we are five miles south of the city). It is certainly no fun waiting for the next quake. I’m retired and my final official role is as deputy chair of the Anglican Schools Office – we are the umbrella organisation which supports chaplains and Heads in our schools and liaises with the church. Best wishes to all at Teddy’s.”


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academic papers that he had had published over the last ten years in the field of British castle studies. 1968 – (G) A R J Sykes  was elected to Court of Vintner’s Company (one of XII Great Twelve Livery Companies of London) in 2008 and in 2010 he has been elected Swan Warden. 1969 – (C) S Croft  After a year in Exeter parishes, Simon and his wife are now in Dawlish, where he is Priest-in-Charge and also of Crofton and Starcross.

Michael Fulford OBE CBE 1966 – (E) M G Fulford  was appointed CBE in the 2011 New Year’s Honours List. Excerpt from Reading University Website. "Professor Michael Fulford was promoted Professor of Archaeology at the University of Reading in 1988, following previous appointments as Reader (1985) and Lecturer (1974). He has served as Dean of the former Faculty of Letters and Social Sciences (1994-1997) and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning (1998-2004). He chairs the University’s Committee for the Museum of English Rural Life, the Committee for Museums, Archives and Collections, and the Forum for Rural Research. His principal research interests are in Roman archaeology, particularly in the fields of urbanism, economy, material culture, technology and trade. He directs the Silchester Roman town Insula IX ‘Town Life’ Project He was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 1994 and is currently Treasurer and VicePresident, having previously served as Chair of the Committee for Academy-Sponsored Schools and Institutes. He is Chair of the Roman Research Trust and Vice-President of the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies. He was Chair of RAE 2008 Main Panel H (Architecture and the Built Environment, Town & Country Planning, Geography and Environmental Studies, Archaeology)." 1967 – (C) J R Kenyon  BA, MCLIP, FSA, FRHistS – was awarded in June 2010 a PhD by Published Work by Cardiff University, through its School of History & Archaeology, in recognition of the books and

1970 – (C) R J Smith  Since 1990 Richard has done some voluntary work, notably at the Friends of the Earth Head Office and as a Citizens Advice Bureau adviser in South London. 1973 – (F) A P Long  has just started work in Egypt as CEO for HSBC Bank, Egypt and would welcome any old boys passing through to give him a call at the Head Office on el Corniche de Nile in Cairo. 1976 – (C) R J Bampfield  During his time at Teddy’s, he thought the MCR clearly had as strong an influence on his future as the classroom because he graduated straight into the wine business. He became a Master of Wine in 1990 and was awarded the title of European Champagne Ambassador in 2009. He is now Chairman of the Association of Wine Educators and spends his time delivering wine courses and events, as well as leading groups of wine journalists, professionals and enthusiasts on trips to vineyard areas, mainly in France. His father – JRA Bampfield (C, 1946-1951) – encourages these pastimes as long as his own wine rack remains well stocked. His brother – A P Bampfield (C, 1975-1979) – lives in Paris where he is writing scripts for French film and television. 1976 – (G) M Vince  Our thanks go out to David Snushall (G, 1974-1979) for informing us of a wonderful article about Mike Vince. (An extract from The Racing Post:) “Vince’s purple prose: As ever, the royal procession provided a stunning sight, but even more enjoyable were the words used to describe it on Ascot television by broadcasting legend Mike Vince.

Vince regularly provides some of the royal meeting’s audio highlights with his commentaries on the procession, and his many fans were once again rewarded yesterday. Having silenced himself for the national anthem, Vince, in reverential tones reminiscent of the late Richard Dimbleby describing Churchill’s funeral, picked up on camera shots of ladies raising hats to the air at the sight of Her Majesty. “Hats off to a royal winner is something we’ve often seen here,” said Vince, before adding: “I suppose in the eyes of so many people, that lady is a real winner.” Long may they both reign.” 1978 – (C) C McCrum  is still in the San Francisco Bay area with his wife Liz and daughter Zoe (13). He has just switched from banking to foundation work, having recently joined the Gordon Moore foundation. 1978 – (C) S A Mackaness  left the city in 2007 having been a Bloodstock Broker for over 25 years. He and his wife Anna, along with the family, went to New Zealand for a month to look at possibilities but have decided to stay in the UK and in April 2007 joined the Platinum Property Partners franchise www.platinumpropertypartners.co.uk. They live in Northamptonshire and have a small portfolio of houses in Northampton that are rented out on a shared house basis. Their children, Charles (12) and Alexandra (10) are keen riders and join Simon and Anna for hacks. Charles loves his sport, especially rugby and cricket. At present he attends Akeley Wood School near Buckingham and Alexandra is at school in the village. 1979 – (G) D W Snushall  has been with Barclays for 30 years and is a relationships director specialising in the Charity Sector, but retaining a passion for horse racing. 1980 – (C) H D F Hatton  having completed 11 years as partner in charge of Forensic and Dispute Services for Deloitte in the UK is moving to Dubai to become Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte Corporate Finance Ltd, providing a wide range of financial services in the Middle East.

1983 – (E) J J P G Bass  has been living in Africa since 1988. He trained and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor (FRICS) in the UK and has subsequently been working in the field of commercial property investment and development throughout the continent. He was the Property Investment Manager in Cape Town with Old Mutual until 1998 before moving to Kenya where he was with Lonrho. Thereafter he joined the private equity group CDC (Commonwealth Development Corporation), which subsequently changed its name to Actis, where he was the Property Director for Africa until 2005. He has been back in South Africa with his wife and two children since 2003. He is currently a partner in a commercial investment and development business in Johannesburg, although his true passion is flying. He is active in flying for environmental causes www.bateleurs.org, flying skydivers and some freelance commercial flying. He would love to hear from any other OSE currently in South Africa. 1985 – (C) J C W Maciejewski  was promoted to Brigadier in December 2009 and took command of the 12th Mechanised Brigade, one of the six operational brigades in the Field Army. The Brigade has begun its training progression to return to Afghanistan in 2012. 1985 – (C) W R Gates  has had seven years of clinical planning with BDP, working on the architecture of several hospitals including: Q.E. Birmingham, Royal Victoria Fife, and Southmead Bristol. He says that he is designing everything in 3D these days, down to the position of every plug socket and light switch! In his spare time he likes to dabble in computer games design: JA2. He has returned to two wheels, having bought a Honda Zoomer, but exclaims that he knows it is mad at his age! 1986 – (C) A-J Dittrich  is based in San Mateo, California. He works for Visa Inc. – the payment card scheme that manages and provides global interoperability so banks can issue and contract with merchants to accept Visa cards. Having been based in London since 2003 to 2008, he was relocated to the global head office out of San Francisco when they went St Edward’s Chronicle 2010/11  |  179


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1991 – (A) R C N Sergeant  is now a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army. He has completed 18 months in the Counter-Insurgency Centre and is now taking command of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards. He is married to Alex, an equine vet, they have two children, and a third on the way.

John Dittrich with wife, Irena Peti and son public on the NYSE as the largest IPO in history. He manages a global function with staff based in Foster City, USA, Miami, USA, Singapore and London, UK. Andrew-John tells us “we have a fantastic “brainy” three year old who we ought to have attend Teddy’s if only I could afford the fees these days!” He now speaks a weird triage of English (British), English (American), Croatian and Spanish. They try to come back to the UK once a year and to Toronto also to cover both families. 1987 – (B) R S C Francis  is now Chief Financial Officer for Day Software, a Swiss listed company. 1988 – (D) G A Wright  has been appointed Assistant Head – Head of Main School at Trent College, a boarding and day school in Derbyshire. 1989 – (D) N Roe  will be running his tenth marathon in 2011! He moved back to London in 2007 following 14 years in Los Angeles. He is currently working at a small, independent agency specialising in experimental marketing. His current clients include the BBC and Johnnie Walker. He is also the co-editor of a book on UK and Irish summer music festivals called Festival Annual, which is independently published by the company.

1992 – (D) B D Hughes  After graduating from Leeds University, he worked in Colombia (1997-1999) as an EFL teacher. He also worked in universities in Chile (2003-2005) and will be returning to Santiago with his wife, Vanessa, in August this year. In the last three years he has written two narrative history books. The first, Conquer or Die!, (released by Osprey Publishing in August 2010) details the adventures of 6,000 British volunteers who fought in the South American Wars of Independence under Simon Bolivar from 1817-1821. The second, They Shall Not Pass!, (released by Osprey in July 2011), relates the role of the British Battalion in the International Brigades at the Battle of Jarama (February 1937) in the Spanish Civil War. Both are  available on Amazon and at bookshops nationwide.

1996 – (A) G Peddy  recently made the move out of London to live in Hertfordshire. He was asked to join the United Technologies Corporation (UTC) board of PR consultancy, Hotwire in January 2010. He has a daughter (Olivia) who is now approaching two years old. 2002 – (E) J Straker –Nesbit  In May 2010 James signed up to Chartis UK team taking part in the Borneo Summit to Sea Insurance Challenge for The Prince’s Trust. James was aiming to raise over £4,500 to help change the lives of disadvantaged young people for the better. James says, “It was an extreme physical and personal challenge for me.” He and a team of others climbed Mount Kinabalu, South East Asia’s highest mountain, peaking at 4,095 metres; bike and hike over mountain passes, through dense rainforest and remote villages; and raft the rapids on jungle rivers. The team won the competition element, and all had a great time throughout the event. “It was one of the toughest six days I have ever had. The combination of heat, humidity and the never ending hills were formidable, but we conquered all of the challenges and managed to come home with a trophy. As promised I took the cup and dagger to the top of Mount Kinabalu, this is in fact the only photo I have of me alone at the top! “ With the support of generous sponsors, James managed to raise an incredible £4,417.69 and the team has broken their goal sum of £25,000. The total raised by the team now stands

1989 – (D) O J Seddon  moved back to Singapore in June 2008 with his family and had their second son, Ewan Charlie, on 5th November 2008. 1990 – (A) Z A Callaghan (née Nicholls)  Zoe has lived in Australia for the last 15 years; eight in Brisbane and now in Melbourne. She is happily married and has three children. Zoe is currently studying Counselling and Psychology. Zoe tells us that she has sadly lost contact with her contemporaries but regularly visits the UK to see family. 180  |  St Edward’s Chronicle 2010/11

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at over £31,700. James would like to say, “Thank you very much for your generosity. We could not have done this without you.” 2002 – (B) B S J Daly  has just completed his postgraduate law exams and is now working as a solicitor for a London law firm. 2004 – (F) B F Smith  The name may well be familiar but if not, Ben rowed for five years here at Teddy’s twice as a junior for Great Britain in his sixth form. He has since rowed, winning medals for the Great Britain under 23 team and after an undergraduate degree at Imperial College, for Oxford in a winning University Boat Race crew. Ben, Henry Ellender and friends established a charity in memory of Scott Rennie, a fellow undergraduate at Imperial College who died suddenly from heart failure while training on a rowing machine. Their aim is to raise awareness of the conditions that can lead to Sudden Cardiac Death and to provide a screening programme for young rowers. To get the funds rolling in Ben and his team-mate Henry Ellender took part in the Ironman UK in August 2010. Ironman UK is a super-distance triathlon involving a 3,800m (2.4 mile) swim, a 180km (112 mile) cycle and a 42km (26.2 mile) marathon to finish. Prior to the race Ben and Henry wrote on their charity web page, “The day starts at 6 a.m. and we have until 11 p.m. to finish all three whilst meeting cut-off times along the way. Only two months ago Ben was putting on his wetsuit backwards and Henry was well north of 100 kilograms but after some tough training we’re both starting to taper ready for the big day (hoping we’ve done enough!).” They did do enough as the website shows they successfully completed the challenge!


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Ben Smith and Henry Ellender following completion of the Ironman triathlon

Philippa Bennett Warner in King Lear

2005 – (D) L J Güralp  is now doing freelance design and gaining as much experience as she can in a range of areas including interiors/trend forecasting/fashion.

2006 – (J) P E Bennett Warner  appeared as Cordelia in the Donmar Warehouse production of King Lear together with Derek Jacobi. The production is now in New York.

2005 – (K) E Clarke  stars as Daenerys Targaryen in HBO’s new series Game of Thrones. Emilia’s acting career to date includes the 2010 film Triassic Attack and BBC’s Doctors, but more significantly the School’s 2004 productions of West Side Story (as Anita) and Twelfth Night (as Viola) under the direction of Anthony Kerr-Dineen and Nick Quartley respectively.

2008 – (B) A B Monett  Rob Hughes reports, “that against stiff competition Arthur has just managed to get an internship at Merrill Lynch in London for the summer before returning to St Andrews. He is currently on a First-class Honours for his academic work.”

2009 – (D) A E H Davis  tells us she has been “working in London at Inkerman Ltd. a Corporate Gifts Company, Imperial College London as a PR and Sales Assistant and Events Executive for International Healthcare Conferences respectively. I have also been working at the radio stations Capital FM & Heart, as an Events/PR assistant for their charities Help a London Child and I helped to launch the Have a Heart Campaign in March 2010. When I am not doing that I do some work with comedians at XFM, who come in to be interviewed and promote their upcoming gigs. This year I also ran the Virgin London Marathon, for Children with Leukaemia, the Great Ormond Street Charity. At school I was never particularly good at sport, but I set my heart and mind on running it, so I went through eight gruelling months of training completely by myself as none of my friends were crazy enough to want to run 26.2 miles around London with me! I did not employ a personal trainer, instead I just put on my trainers and got my iPod out and ran, even in the midst of the cold snap

earlier this year I was out running. My friends and family all found it hilarious that one of the most unsporty girls they knew was taking up a challenge like that. I was told afterwards that quite a few of them never expected me to do it, and thought that I might pull out or not complete the course. I shocked myself at how much I enjoyed the sport and now I try and run every day before or after work, which can be quite a challenge in itself! I definitely got marathon fever, I was so delirious from adrenaline at the end of the race that I said, “I could do that all over again right now!” I raised £2,408 for Children with Leukaemia a charity that over the last three years has become very close to my heart and I am signed up to do the 2011 London Marathon. I felt my life has really taken off this year, and I have enjoyed every minute of working in London, in various industries and it’s with a little bit of regret that I am leaving my life and jobs behind, but I am very excited about going to Exeter University to study Drama with English.”

Emilia Clarke

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1954 – (G) A T Kuhn  runs a small publishers, Finishing Publications Ltd, www.finishingpublications.com. They recently published the notorious Dark Monarch by Sven Berlin, withdrawn after only a few weeks in 1962, amongst a hail of libel writs, objecting to its portrayal of life in St Ives artistic circles, to mark the Tate St Ives exhibition of the same name held in 2010. www.svenberlin.com. Also published (with Prof Darren Williams) “Computer Analysis of Sessile Drop Shapes” in Galvanotechnik, November 2010, and “Recovery of Platinum Group Metals” and “Plasma Electrolytic Treatment of Titanium and its Alloys” both in Jahbuch Oberflaechentechnik publ.Verlag Leuze, 2010.

2001 – (H) C Lotharukpong  is General Manager of V.T. Garment Co. Ltd., Bangkok, one of the largest outerwear manufacturers in Thailand. Established since 1981, specialising in producing outerwear and sportwear. 2005 - (J) A F Nally After Alexander left St Edwards he completed an Art and Design foundation course and spent some time travelling and working before going on to study Classical History at the University of Manchester. Alexander now owns his own film production company, Matchbox Productions. Although this business is still young, Alexander would be happy to speak with any students who are

1992 – (B) G Marcal  runs his own garden design and landscaping business in London and Essex: Soil & Toil (Tel: 01206 263104, Web: www.soilandtoil.co.uk. 1993- (D) B Maltby  is Principal Consultant for matrixLloyd™. matrixLloyd™ assists in the purchase, building and ownership of all large yachts. Buying, building – and even just owning one is far from straightforward. They are also the focus of tax and safety inspections, and subject to numerous legal jurisdictions. "With the help of matrixLloyd™’s knowledge and experience (both practical and legal) acquiring and owning a superyacht becomes effortless. And with mistakes being avoided, we don’t just save our clients headaches – we help them save money, too." 1996 - (E) J R Price has opened Hampers Food and Wine Company in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, Hampers is a delicatessen and 31-seat licensed café serves light meals and snacks stocking and serving a diverse range of food and wine of the highest quality, selected from only the best producers in the local region, across Britain and around the world. Picnic hampers and ready-made gift hampers and gift baskets for delivery anywhere in the UK can be pre-ordered (order on-line). The company can also provide corporate lunches to local businesses with delivery. http://www.hampersfoodandwine.co.uk 182  |  St Edward’s Chronicle 2010/11

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Academic Achievements interested in fFilm. He hopes to create opportunities for aspiring filmmakers and is slowly developing a package tutorial aimed at younger students keen on film where he can visit schools and give a taster of using cameras, directing a scene, editing and the general filmmaking process. www.matchboxproductions.co.uk 2008 – (H) N M Ball  Along with J W Jones (G, 2003 – 2008) and two other friends from university, Nathan runs a luxury travel service called Encompass. 'Ever dreamt of that effortless holiday? Coming off the beach to a delicious five course meal, your children excitedly telling tales of the day’s adventures. Waking up to a freshly made coffee not having to already think about lunch. Welcome to Encompass, the UK based luxury travel service. At Encompass we want the whole family to feel on holiday. By providing a seamless service, we can remove the hassle from your holiday from the moment you book to the minute you leave. We have everything you need to give you that holiday you will never forget... If you have a self-catered holiday home booked for the summer and fancy putting your feet up, let the Encompass team take care of all your worries! To find out more about our services, please visit our website www.encompasstravel.co.uk, or email contact@encompasstravel.co.uk.'

2004 – (B) R A Simpson  gained his Postgraduate Diploma in Vocational Training for the Bar and was admitted as a member of the Inner Temple in August 2010. This follows his BA (Hons) in French and Spanish from University College London in 2008. 2006 – (C) D R P CadouxHudson  Congratulations of achieving First-class honours, Biochemistry, Oriel College, Oxford. 2008 – (F) S L Smith  Congratulations to Sam Smith who, for the second year running, has received a First-class honours in his Natural Sciences Tripos at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Sam has now been elected into a Senior Scholarship at Emmanuel for the forthcoming year. 2009 – (A) T G E Pote Obtained a First Class performance in his first year in French and Italian at Royal Holloway, University of London and been awarded the prize for the best exam performance.


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Engagements

Marriages

ANDREWES/BRANSON – Freddie Andrewes (C, 1995 - 2000) and Holly Branson (J, 1998 - 2000) were engaged early in 2011. They will be married in December 2011 on Necker Island.

ASHALL/POSTLETHWAITE – On 26th June 2010, Simon Michael Ashall (A, 1991-1996) to Laura Postlethwaite, at St Lawrence Church, Chobham, Surrey before a reception at the Four Seasons Hotel, Hampshire. Although no OSE attended they did have three MPs! Kevin Whibley ‘Captured Moment’)

Alison Coull and Alex Jonckheer

Fred Andrewes and Holly Branson GREAVES/SMITH – Jonathan Greaves (A, 1994 – 1999) and Victoria Smith were engaged at the farm at home on Saturday 14th May. Jonathan tells us that “after exercising the horses, I drove her to a favourite spot of ours on the pretence of enjoying the sunset. She had no clue as to the real reason, I had hidden a bottle of champagne, picnic rug and a bunch of handpicked flowers behind a tree, asked her to have a look at what was behind the tree, as she turned around I was on one knee!! Vics was so surprised that she thought that I was joking!! Due to family being in the army and away on tour in Afghanistan we have to delay the wedding until 22nd September 2012.” Jonathan and Victoria will be married in Lower Slaughter, Gloucestershire.

Jonathan Greaves and Victoria Smith

JONCKHEER/COULL – On 8th October 2010, whilst on holiday in Barbados, Alex Jonckheer (E, 19921997) finally summoned up the courage and proposed to his girlfriend of three years, Alison Coull. We are pleased to report she accepted! MARSH/YARROW – Nicholas D Marsh (B, 1997 – 2002) and Emma C Yarrow (K, 1997 – 2002) were engaged in Cornwall on 2nd May 2011. The wedding is planned for spring 2012 in Berkshire. Nick proposed to Emma in a boat on Frenchman’s Creek with the ring hidden in an Easter egg! STRAKER-NESBIT/MINTY – James William Straker-Nesbit (E, 2000-2002) to Phillipa Inanda Minty (D, 19971999) were engaged at a favourite spot in the fields above Padstow overlooking the Camel Estuary!

Phillipa Minty and James Straker-Nesbit

Simon Ashall and Laura Postlethwaite BROOM/MORRISON – On 21st August 2010 in St Andrew's Church, Much Hadham, Hertfordshire. Michael Broom (E, 1989-1994) to Morag Morrison from Tain, Scotland. They will live in Henley-on-Thames.

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Simon Chase with a group of OSE CHASE/LETHBRIDGE – On 21st August 2010, Simon Alexander Barnard Chase (E, 1996 -2001) to Tess Lethbridge. 15 OSE attended, including ushers and Henry Barratt (E, 1996 – 2001) as Best Man. They have just bought their own flat in London and Simon is now working at the FCO and enjoying it very much! ESTCOURT/OAKLEY – On 29th December 2010, (Henry) Caroline O’Callahan (née Estcourt) to Will Oakley, in Colchester. OSE in attendance included the bride’s father, Michael Estcourt, Louisa Spring and daughters Charlotte and Daisy O’Callaghan.

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GARRETT/SEXTON – On 15th August 2010 at the Lovekyn Chapel, Kingston-on-Thames. David Garrett (E, 1959-1964) to Debbie Sexton, sister of Chris Sexton (E, 1968-1973). LANGSTON/O’DONNELL – On 10th May 2010 at Tradegar House, Newport, Gwent, Andrew Grahame Langston (D, 1978 – 1982) to Simone Claire O’Donnell. LOTHARUKPONG/ TRICHACHAWANWONG – On 20th February 2010, Chalumpon Lotharukpong, (H, 1996-2001), to Premruedee Trichachawanwong at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Bangkok, Thailand. Other OSE

Andrew Langston and Simone O’Donnell present were Youngha Kim (C, 19962001), Mingkwan Lotharukpong (D, 1997-2001), Kyujin Byun (F, 1996 -2001), Kiryll Shkura (C, 1997-2001), Nichamon Chitratsenee (A, 1997 – 1998), Chalothorn Lotharukpong

Lotharukpong/Trichachawanwong wedding party in Bangkok

(H, 2001 – 2006), Louis Pumin Yuvacharaskul (A, 1998 – 2003 ), Sarun Cherdjareewatananum (G, 1996 – 2001), Chawin Chantharasenawong (G, 1998 – 1999) and Witchaya Pruecksamars (B, 2000 – 2004).


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Births

CROFT-BAKER – On 6th June 2010, to Edward (C, 1987-1992) and Louise (née Benson), a son, Jack George Hall, a brother for Katie. Edward and Louise still own a web design company, 3forty Media Limited.

Richard Parker and Heather Togwell. OSE who attended the wedding, Ushers ... from left to right: 2nd Jon Turner; 4th James Parker; 5th Richard Parker; 7th Henry Kemp; 9th Chris Ruddick; 11th Ed Hillier PARKER/TOGWELL – On 15th May 2010 in Alvaston Derby, Richard E J Parker (C, 1990-1995) to Heather Togwell. OSE attending included the Best Man, James M D Parker (C, 19861989) and Ushers Henry Kemp (D, 1990-1995), Edward Hillier (B, 19901995), Chris Ruddick (C, 1990-1995), and Jonathan Turner (G, 1990-1995). SIEPMANN/CHARTER – on 28th May 2